Japan lowers legal age of adulthood

by VTV414 June 2018 Last updated at 13:10 PM

A woman leaves a coming of age ceremony, which are currently held when people reach the age of 20 (Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images)
A woman leaves a coming of age ceremony, which are currently held when people reach the age of 20 (Photograph: Carl Court/Getty Images)

VTV.vn - The Japanese government on Wednesday has enacted a bill lowering the age of adulthood from 20 to 18, which will take effect from April 2022.

According to the bill, people from 18 years of age will be able to get married without parental consent. Though they are technically adults, 18-year-olds in Japan will remain banned from drinking alcohol, smoking, gambling and adopting children.

The move comes as the Japanese government continues to grapple with the nation's demographic crisis as the population here continues to rapidly age and simultaneously shrink. The country's total fertility rate fell to 1.43 last year, much lower than the rate of 2.07 necessary for Japan to maintain its population.

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