Japanese govt approves bill to raise age of sexual consent from 13 to 16

THE Japanese government today approved a bill on reforming sexual offence charges and raising the age of sexual consent from 13 years old to 16, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported.

The amendments come as part of reforms to Japan’s penal code that will define the circumstances for a violation and get rid of vague explanations, making it possible to take effective criminal action, the report said.