KYODO NEWS - 19 hours ago - 08:26 | All, Japan.
The Japanese government plans to criminalize sex with children under age 16 by raising the legal age of consent from 13, part of the country's Penal Code reforms, which critics say are long overdue and urgently needed to protect vulnerable minors from sexual offenses.
Japan's current age of consent, which has remained unchanged since its enactment in 1907, is one of the lowest among developed nations.
There have been calls to raise it to better reflect reality as sexual exploitation of minors has increasingly come into focus.
The age of consent is at least 16 in the United States, 16 in Britain, and 14 in Italy and China.
The government aims to submit an amendment to the Penal Code during the current parliamentary session.
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