Japan upper house committee passes bill to lower adult age
Jiji -- Jun 12
A committee of the House of Councillors, the upper chamber of Japan's parliament, passed on Tuesday a bill to lower the country's adult age to 18 from the current 20.

At the Judicial Affairs Committee, the bill to amend the Civil Code was approved by a majority vote with support from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner, Komeito.

The bill, which cleared the House of Representatives, the lower chamber, in late May, is expected to be enacted at a plenary meeting of the Upper House on Wednesday.

The government aims to have the revised Civil Code enforced in April 2022. The adult age will be changed for the first time since it was set at 20 in 1876.

After the revision, people aged 18 and 19 will be allowed to have credit cards without consent from their parents.

News source: Jiji
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