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One thing that gets my goat is this minors law.If they can give you the vote from 18,you should be charged as an adult if you do a violent crime.And be named and shamed like one with it.

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I voted, no. However, the age of a minor should up to 18, not 20. They recently changed the law to allow 18's to vote, which makes them an adult.

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Basically no, as long as they are legally a minor.

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After they are convicted, yes.

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Yes from 18 at least. In many countries you are considered as an adult for crimes from the age of 16, and judged as a minor under. And before 18, how about withholding the name and just keep it like Taro, 16 ?

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No. 40 years old convict will probably never change in the rest of their lives. but 15 years old has potential and their crimes usually come from their idiocy and ignorance rather than cold-blooded calculation.

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It is reality. Face reality.

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Yes, if they are 17 or older.

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I think the problem is more about reporting of names before the verdict. Too many people, whatever age, have had their lives ruined because their identities are given linked with what can be very serious crimes which, no matter what the verdict is, they become linked with the crime thereafter.

It's more than time that trial by media is brought under control. If they are found guilty, then that's different, but why label an innocent person with the tarnish of murder, rape, terrorism or whatever if it is found that they didn't do it in a court of law.

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As Mistie says, revealing the names of mere suspects is sinister, and feeds Japan's unnaturally and - in a supposed democracy - terrifyingly high conviction rate.

If people are declared minors, the law should protect them as such.

Having this protection until 20, however, has infantilised a population where otona is a descriptor for the middle aged, and 19 year-olds can get away with nearly anything.

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mistie710FEB. 02, 2016 - 04:21AM JST It's more than time that trial by media is brought under control. If they are found guilty, then that's different, but why label an innocent person with the tarnish of murder, rape, terrorism or whatever if it is found that they didn't do it in a court of law.

This is a popular idea around the web, not just in Japan circles but in the manosphere, where it's usually proposed as a way to protect accused rapists from members of the public having a low opinion of them. It would be impossible to claim to have a free and independent press under this idea. The judicial arm of the government would control every news story pertaining to any crime under investigation.But let's think it through using a case study from Japan: Akira Amari's bribery charges.

Under a "no names until proven guilty" scheme, we would be unable to be told who in the Abe cabinet was taking bribes. And while we know the Japanese police love their high conviction rates, we also know that cases which are unlikely to win rarely go to trial. So in the event of a bribery case like Amari's where either the evidence isn't quite enough to guarantee a conviction (or the police are in the pocket and don't investigate enough to find that evidence), we would never be able to know who in the cabinet was accepting bribes. Not only that, but if the press reported a story along the lines of "Someone in the Abe administration is accused of taking bribes, we cannot say who until they are convicted", basically Abe could dismiss anyone in his cabinet who doesn't "play ball", letting them be implied to be guilty of the bribery crime knowing that if it never goes to trial it will never be clear who exactly is responsible.

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Have you watched some of those TED talks ? 13-year-olds inventing and solving real world problems. 13-year-olds know exactly what's right and wrong when it comes to violence, they should be treated as adults.

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If they can report the name of the victim, they can certainly do it for the suspect.

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The punishment for minors are so lenient here, If their name is publicly known maybe it stops them from doing it in the first place.

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@Dennis Bauer

The punishment for minors are so lenient here, If their name is publicly known maybe it stops them from doing it in the first place.

Maybe, but even then you come up against the problem of trial by society. A minor commits a crime and is rightfully judged to be guilty but will then go out into the real world having served their allotted punishment and suffer all over again, possibly into adulthood, because there will always be people out there that will get a perverse pleasure out of persecuting those they see as criminals.

It's all down to human nature, I suppose. While I like the idea in principle of controlling the media for those that are yet to be judged or convicted, I am in two minds about people that have actually been convicted, especially where the crime could feasibly be repeated to the detriment of others, for example rapists.

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Absolutely without a doubt the same style of information should be let known as in the states. Convicted murders of any age should be public knowledge when they move next to you or in your apartment building it should be required that the surrounding neighbors be let know. I had hosted two detectives in an exchange program from the Kumamoto prefecture with the Missoula county sherrifs office. We had this very same discussion, when I showed them the violent offender online registration program anyone has access to they were absolutely stunned and amazed that kind of knowledge was public. Their reasoning as to why Japan does not do it is to protect the well being of the surrounding people not causing undo stress with the knowledge and to also allow the individual the privacy of getting on with their life. I was also let know that the police monitor violent offenders for the rest of their adult lives on the cost of the tax payers. I can say that we had different views of what were the rights of others versus the rights of the convicted criminals.

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sasapessoFEB. 01, 2016 - 04:58PM JST No. 40 years old convict will probably never change in the rest of their lives. but 15 years old has potential and their crimes usually come from their idiocy and ignorance rather than cold-blooded calculation.

Correct.

The move is to remove convicted juveniles from the general population because they are more likely to be "hardened" by life in the general population than if treated as what they are still, children. An enlightened populace will make sure that they get mental health counseling and are segregated from the general adult population where recidivism is high.

Kuribo1FEB. 03, 2016 - 09:12PM JST Absolutely without a doubt the same style of information should be let known as in the states. Convicted murders of any age should be public knowledge when they move next to you or in your apartment building it should be required that the surrounding neighbors be let know.

Your post doesn't make any sense. If they are convicted, they are in jail. Juveniles convicted of murder or rape will be serving years in jail, not returned to normal life.

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Not true at all juveniles here in Japan serve time in juvenile hall and are released at their time of turning to adulthood. Unless tried as an adult and given an adult sentence which then changes. For example the juvenile who beheaded two elementary students and left the heads at the school gates only served time for a few years. He has been since released and relocated and now lives with a new name in an undisclosed location. Neighbors not ever knowing they live next to a child murderer. Japan seems fond of releasing these quote unquote children back into society. Children can be just as monstrous as any adult.

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Kuribo1FEB. 05, 2016 - 06:50AM JST For example the juvenile who beheaded two elementary students and left the heads at the school gates only served time for a few years. He has been since released and relocated and now lives with a new name in an undisclosed location.

That is disturbing.

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The punishment for minors are so lenient here, If their name is publicly known maybe it stops them from doing it in the first place.

Actually I'd bet it would have the reverse affect with many of the "yankee-class" of juvenile delinquents, once they saw their name in the press it would become a game for them.

Their name in the press is not going to stop them, it's going to embarrass their parents, and THAT just might be a good thing, as it just very well could get them more involved in their children's lives and help them.

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Under a "no names until proven guilty" scheme, we would be unable to be told who in the Abe cabinet was taking bribes.

Different rules apply for people who are of public interest. Celebrities, politicians etc. Also their pictures are not covered by privacy law, unlike those of ordinary citizens. I think this is just fair.

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Minors, their parents and even grand parents should have their name posted in the media for serious crimes. In fact there could be a tv show for these people and I am sure it would be popular and will help to lower the crime rates.

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Yes. In Italy we do it and I think it's right.

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Yes, of course! If a 15 year old isn't old enough to understand that a crime like murder is wrong, then they'll more than likely always be a threat to peaceful society. Don't hang 'em but lock 'em up for a very, very long time. Report their names with photos and addresses so that unwary neighbors can avoid and better protect their loved ones.

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