Revision of the Juvenile Law Toward Partial Criminalization in Japan

Minoru Yokoyama, Kokugakuin University

In Japan the juvenile justice system has functioned under the rehabilitation model prescribed by the Juvenile Law. In the late 1990s the Juvenile Law was criticized as a law for spoiling juvenile delinquents. In the conservative climate the Juvenile Law was revised toward partial criminalization in November in 2000. I'll analyze this process of revising the Juvenile Law. Then, I'll consider whether our juvenile justice system can maintain the rehabilitation model in spite of the partial criminalization in 2000.

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