The age of consent in Japan has been lowered from 20 to 18! Will not affect voting

In Japan, the age of consent was lowered from 20 to 18 years after 146 years with a change in the civil code.

Japan lowered the age of consent to 18, which was set at 20 by the imperial government in 1876 and passed into the civil code in 1896. Following the law change that will come into effect as of April 1 in the country, new legal responsibilities will arise for the 18 and 19-year-old population.

People who have not been prosecuted for crimes other than murder can also be prosecuted for crimes such as theft or rape by lowering the age of consent. The revision will also pave the way for the full names and faces of 18- and 19-year-old criminals to be published in media outlets.

In the country where men aged 18 and over and women aged 16 and over can marry with parental consent, the legal minimum age of marriage for women will be 18 with the amendment to the civil law. On the other hand, the ban on alcohol, smoking and betting for people under the age of 20 will continue.


In Japan, where the voting age is 18, the latest legislation will not affect polling. The change in the law, which aims the active participation of the 18 and 19-year-old population in the country in social life, is met with concern by some segments, as it also paves the way for young people to sign consumer contracts without parental consent. It is stated that the young population can become the target of scammers more easily.

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