Japan lowers its age of adulthood

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NAHA, JAPAN – APRIL 22: Japanese girl group NMB48 attends the Okinawa International Film Festival on April 22, 2018 in Naha, Japan. (Photo by Christopher Jue/Getty Images)

The Japanese government officially lowered the age of adulthood from 20 to 18 by enacting a bill Wednesday.  

The change, which is the first of its kind in over 140 years, will allow 18-year-olds to apply for 10-year passports – rather than the current five years – take out loans and credit cards, and marry without parental consent.  Currently, women aged 16 and men aged 18 require parental consent to marry.

On April 1, 2022, the change will take effect, but will not affect the drinking, smoking, or gambling ages, due to health concerns.

CNN has the full story.

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