Japan Enacts Bill to Lower Adult Age to 18


Tokyo, June 13 (Jiji Press)--Japan's parliament enacted Wednesday a bill to lower the adult age defined under the Civil Code to 18 from the current 20.

The bill to amend the law was approved by a majority vote at a plenary meeting of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber, with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito. It passed the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, in late May.

While lowering the adult age, the revised Civil Code lifts the legal age for marriage for women to 18 from the current 16 to equal that of men.

The legal age for drinking, smoking and betting in publicly managed gambling, such as horse and bicycle racing, will be kept at 20, due to concerns over possible addiction and health problems.

After a period for informing the public about the changes, the revised Civil Code will go into effect on April 1, 2022.

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