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The Diet enacted legislation Wednesday to lower the voting age to 18 from 20 — the biggest reform of the nation’s electoral laws in 70 years — in an attempt at encouraging younger voters to be more politically active.

The bill to revise the Public Offices Election Law passed the Upper House unanimously after winning approval in the Lower House on June 4. The voting age was last changed in 1945, when it was lowered to 20 from 25.

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