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A series of heinous crimes involving minors, including the alleged hijacking of a bus by a 17-year-old in the western part of the country in May, has sparked heated debate over the revision of the current Juvenile Law.
The debate focuses on whether children aged 16 and under should be subject to criminal punishment. A 15-year-old arrested Monday on suspicion of killing three people and injuring three others, including one who remains in critical condition, in Notsumachi, Oita Prefecture, will not be held criminally accountable for the crimes.
According to the current Juvenile Law, suspects are sent by public prosecutors office to family courts, where they are …