Higher Age Limit for Special Adoption Enacted in Japan


Tokyo, June 7 (Jiji Press)--Japanese parliament enacted on Friday legislation to raise the basic age limit for children eligible for special adoption to under 15 from under six.

The bills, including revisions to the Civil Code, were approved by a majority vote by the Liberal Democratic Party-led ruling coalition and others at a plenary session of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of parliament. They passed the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, last week.

The special adoption system, aimed at helping children without proper care due to reasons such as abuse and poverty, was revised for the first time since its introduction in 1988. The revised system will come into force within one year of its promulgation.

Speaking at a press conference ahead of the enactment, Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita said he hopes that use of the revised system will be promoted.

Adoption under the special system severs legal ties between adopted children and their biological parents. Some 500 to 600 special adoption arrangements have been approved annually in recent years, according to the Supreme Court.

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