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Japan raises age of consent from 13 to 16 after over a century

About the news :

  • Japan’s parliament has raised the age of consent from 13 to 16, a limit which had remained unchanged for more than a century and was among the world’s lowest consent age.
  • Lawmakers also broadened the definition of rape from “forcible sexual intercourse” to “non-consensual sexual intercourse”.
  • The expanded definition includes acts committed using drugging and intoxication. It also criminalized the grooming of minors.
  • Sexual intercourse with someone below age 16 will be considered as rape.

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Facts:

  • Japan’s sexual consent age had been unchanged since 1907.
  • Consent age is defined as the age below which sexual activity is considered as rape.
  • Current consent age is 16 in Britain, 15 in France, 14 in Germany and China & 18 in India.
  • Japan last revised its criminal code on sexual offenses in 2017.

About Japan:

  • Fumio Kishida is the current prime minister of Japan.
  • The Japanese National Parliament is called ‘Diet‘.

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