In Japan,the age of consent is 13 but a person is considered a minor until they're 20
Each prefecture has their own age of consent. Most are 18 like in the US, none of them drop below 16 (again like the US). Don't go to Japan assuming it's 13.
Looking around, Japanese people seem to generally get pretty annoyed at foreigners spreading the whole 13 thing around.
Nezchan, that's because the Japanese don't like to have their national secrets revealed, lol.
The age of consent in Japan is 13 years old. That's it, period, full stop. Enough with this discussion already! The age of consent is the minimum age at which an individual is considered legally old enough to consent to participation in sexual activity, and it's 13. Individuals aged 12 or younger in Japan are not legally able to consent to sexual activity, individuals aged 13 or older are able to consent according to national law.
The source of confusion is that many prefectures also have local "obscenity" or "corruption of minors" statutes which raise the de-facto age of consent to 16-18. For example, the effective age of consent in Tokyo by local statute is 18. These statutes are not laws, they are just local ordinances and don't carry the force of law. And, of course, national agencies of law enforcement do not concern themselves with prefectural ordinances. What does this mean? It means that, as it happens, all those tens of thousands of manga stories where you see high school girls and middle school girls have sex are, in fact, a faithful depiction of realistic behaviors. Because most Japanese youths don't give a damn about those dumb ordinances.
Anyone wants to read more about this, just go here for complete and detailed info:
And I really hope people will now stop trying to debate these plain facts. The whole Japanese laws thing has run its course already. Let it rest, geez.
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