Japan raised the age of consensual sex from 13 to 16

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Japan-raised-the-age-of-consensual-sex-from-13-to-16In a welcome move, Japan's parliament on June 16 raised the age of voluntary sexual intercourse from 13 to 16.

An overview of the news

  • Provisions have also been made under the new law to amend the old law related to sexual offenses and to raise awareness about the issues of same-sex relationships.

  • The move comes after a wait of over a century since it was last changed in 1907.

  • Japan revised its criminal law on sexual offenses in 2017 for the first time in 110 years.

  • The historic move sets the stage for rape trial and criminalises voyeurism.

  • Under the newly implemented changes, having sex with a person below the age of 16 years is considered rape.

  • Those who threaten, entice or use money to get children under 16 to meet for sexual purposes face up to one year in prison or a fine of 500,000 yen ($3,500).

  • Secretly filming private body parts, underwear or obscene acts without reasonable cause shall be punishable by imprisonment of up to three years or a fine of up to three million yen.

Age of consent in different countries

  • In India the age of consent is 18, while in Britain it is 16, in Germany and China it is 14. 

About Japan

  • It is also called Nihon or Nippon and is an archipelago in the western Pacific Ocean in East Asia.

  • It is made up of four main islands Hokkaido, Honshu, Shikoku and Kyushu and Honshu is the largest island of Japan.

  • Its highest mountain is Mount Fuji.

  • It is the third largest economy in the world after the United States and China.

  • Capital - Tokyo

  • Currency - Yen

  • Prime Minister - Fumio Kishida

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