Japan’s adult age will be lowered from 20 to 18

2022-06-07 0 By

Japan’s civil law is set to take effect on April 1, lowering the age of adulthood from 20 to 18.According to the amendment, anyone who has reached the age of 18 can sign financial contracts involving credit card transactions, investment and consumption without the consent of a guardian, Kyodo News reported Tuesday.The Nationality Law, passport Law and other laws will be revised accordingly.However, the minimum age for behaviors such as smoking and drinking alcohol will remain at 20.People wearing face masks walk in Shibuya district in Tokyo, Japan, Jan. 21, 2019.After the amendments to the Civil Law take effect, suspects in their late teens will bear full criminal responsibility because they are of age. They can be charged and their full names and portraits can also be published in news reports.Previously, people in their late teens could only be criminally charged if they committed homicide.In addition, an amendment to the Civil Law raised the legal marriage age for women from 16 to 18, bringing it into line with that of men.Japan’s aging society is becoming increasingly serious, and the lowering of the adult age standard is intended to encourage young people to enter society early and participate in social life.But some experts worry that many young people in their late teens lack social experience and are vulnerable to fraud without guardian protection.Under current Japanese law, minors or their guardians have the right to cancel contracts signed without their guardians’ consent.People in their late teens will lose their legal protection when the new rules take effect.The age of 20 was first defined as adult age in Meiji Era Japan in 1876.Source Xinhua News Agency responsible editor Yuan Xi proofread Guo Yi editor Liu Chao