Feb 3, 2017

Japan looks to unify minimum marriage age at 18 for both sexes

The government is considering setting the minimum age for marriage at 18 nationwide, scrapping a provision introduced shortly after World War II that allows 16-year-old girls to wed, an official source said. The provision for a unified minimum marriage age would be presented in a ...

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

Jan 9, 2017

Hair today, hungover tomorrow as young Japanese come of age

Draped in dazzling kimono, thousands of expensively made-up young women marked their entry into adulthood on Monday — with many planning a night of boozing to celebrate. Formal Coming-of-Age ceremonies, which began as a rite of ancient samurai families, were held across the nation for ...

Age of adulthood debate raises fraud fears

| Sep 2, 2016

Age of adulthood debate raises fraud fears

The move to revise the Civil Code to lower the age of adulthood to 18 from 20 is raising concerns that teenagers might fall victim to fraudsters. Under current law, parents can cancel contracts signed by their children if the deals were sealed without their ...