Japan has raised the age of sexual consent to 16 from 13 as part of an overhaul of the country’s sex crime legislation.
Age of consent: The new law, which was approved by the House of Representatives in May, was passed unanimously by the Upper House of Parliament on Friday, marking the first time the nation has changed its age of consent in more than 100 years.
Japan previously had the lowest age of consent among developed countries and in the G7 group before Friday.
Redefining rape: The passed legislation also broadens the definition of rape to include “non-consensual sexual intercourse,” including being assaulted under the influence of alcohol, drugs, fear or intimidation.
Limitations: The statute of limitations for sexual assault will increase from 10 to 15 years, while those engaging in photo voyeurism can be punished by up to three years in prison.
However, there is still an exception for people who have had sex with minors who are at least 13 years old and have an age gap of less than five years.