Japan will lower its legal adult age from 20 to 18 starting from April 2022, Japan Today reported last July 8.
This gives the younger people to exercise a wider range of privileges such as the ability to vote, own a passport, and apply for a credit card.
However, the report explained that this shift will also change provisions in the country’s juvenile criminal law.
In the past years, perpetrators of serious crimes became younger than the age of 20. While these young criminals are reported in the mass media, their photos and names are censored.
With the government’s reenactment of the law to lower the age of adulthood to 18, it will also follow the age threshold for withholding a criminal’s name from the news and will be lowered as well.
The policy received mixed responses from the citizens. Some say they fully agreed to the amendment, making younger criminals to be liable to the crimes they have committed.
Meanwhile, many citizens also still believed that they are still considered minors and should not be prosecuted in public.
In several countries, the government sends minors to a correctional facility for education and rehabilitation.
Netizens are also concerned with the concealment of the victim names. They said the privacy of the victims should always be protected, especially most of them are still in school.