Justice Ministry proposes harsher sentences for minors
A Justice Ministry commission of inquiry is preparing a draft bill to change the law to toughen penalties for minors convicted of crimes.
In response to growing public outrage over crimes committed by minors, the commission was tasked with considering whether crimes which result in life sentences for adults should also
warrant similar sentences for minors, Fuji TV reported. It has proposed raising the maximum juvenile sentence from 15 to 20 years.
The ministry is planning to approve the amendments and draft a reform bill before the end of the current Diet session, Fuji reported.