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 White paper on crime 2003 Part 5/Chap.4/Sec.3/2 

2 Intermediate conclusion

  In light of these problems mentioned above, it is of primary importance to ensure that juveniles recognize the seriousness of the crime of robbery. To this end, it is absolutely necessary not only to impose strict regulations on juvenile robbery offenders but also to ensure that they become aware of themselves as members of the society, just like the victims of their offenses. Another vital problem is abandonment of juveniles at home. According to a research survey concerning child abuse conducted by the Research and Training Institute of the Ministry of Justice, the majority of inmates in juvenile training schools have suffered bodily harm at home. This indicates that such child abuse is likely to prompt juveniles to leave home and commit delinquent acts. Thus, it is evident that delinquency can be either allowed to blossom or nipped in the bud at home. With this in mind, it is required to reinforce the family system by reviewing family relationships and parent-child relationships and to develop an environment for the protection of juveniles, with the aim of ensuring that juveniles have hopes and goals for the future and preventing them from attempting to satisfy their immediate desires.
  In short, not only the authorities concerned with criminal justice but also the whole society surrounding juveniles including parents and families, schools, work places, and communities, should make efforts to ensure that juveniles recognize themselves as irreplaceable members of the society and as persons who will be responsible for the future of the society. Such efforts will be a significant driving force to stop the increase in robbery offenses and other offenses committed by juveniles.