Japan's government has lowered the at which people become adults. It is the first since 1876 that this has happened. From the year 2022, will become adults at the age of 18, which is two years than the age at which adulthood legally happens. However, even though the age has been lowered, there are certain things that will not change. The legal age for drinking alcohol, smoking and will remain fixed at 20. The new law will enable 18-year-olds to get married without consent, and allow them to apply for loans and credit cards. Transgender men and women aged 18 and over will be able to apply to to have their gender recognized.
The new law has been passed in an to bring about social and economic in Japan. The government hopes to see an increase in the number of young people getting and starting families. This will help to address the nation's birth rate and ageing population. Greater financial freedoms could be a to the economy and provide more tax . This is vital for a government struggling to cope with increasing pension and healthcare . Many of Japan's young people were more about how the law would affect the Coming of Age Day. This is a national held in January in which 20-year-olds dress up in traditional kimonos to celebrate adulthood.