Crime, justice symposium prepares young people for Kyoto Congress

The Yomiuri ShimbunA symposium organized by the Justice Ministry on next year’s 14th U.N. Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice (Kyoto Congress) was held at the Kyoto International Conference Center on Sunday. About 500 people, including volunteer probation officers and high school students, participated in the symposium in Kyoto to discuss how young people should be involved in the judiciary, among other topics.

“I hope young people are more interested in criminal and judicial issues and communicate their messages both domestically and globally,” said former Justice Minister Yoko Kamikawa in a speech.

University professors, lawyers and others discussed topics such as preventing youth crimes.

The Kyoto Congress will be held April 20-27, 2020, in Kyoto at the same venue. The U.N. conference is held every five years, the previous time in Doha in 2015. The series of meetings allows police and judicial officials from various countries to discuss international measures to fight crime. The last time the congress was held in Japan was in 1970, when it was also in Kyoto.

A Youth Forum, where high school and university students discuss judicial education and other issues, will also be held ahead of the Kyoto Congress from April 13-15, 2020, at the same venue.

Tsugumi Hishigaki, a 16-year-old second-year Nara Ikuei Senior High School student who will participate in the Youth Forum, said, referring to the symposium, “I understood that criminal and judicial matters are part of our daily lives.”Speech

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