The history of children and youth in Japan
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- Juvenile Crime Laws Under Scrutiny
- By Suvendrini Kakuchi, IPS, 11 March 1998. A rise in the
number of shocking crimes committed by children in Japan has
sparked a national debate on whether to tighten existing
laws that critics say treat juvenile offenses far too
- Girl gangs forcing teens into
- By Sayaka Hitachi, Mainichi Shimbun, Friday
16 July 1999. Teen-age female gangs who assume street names,
are relying on threats to extort money from high school and
junior high school girls.
- Child abuse cases hit record high
- Mainichi Shimbun, Tuesday 2 November
1999. Reporting of child abuse cases soared to a record high
across the nation in fiscal 1998, with parents fingered as
the main culprits in the abuse with mothers accounting for
over half of the cases.
- Growing Up After ‘Adults'
- By Suvendrini Kakuchi, IPS, 12 Janmuary 2000. Reflections
on Japanese youth today—and what they will become in a
changing society—are rife as the country observed
coming-of-age day on Jan 10. Thousands of young women and
men dressed in expensive versions of traditional attire made
specially for that day made trips to the city office and
temples to mark their new legal status as adults.