- Starting April 1, Japan will lower its legal adult age from 20 to 18.
- The change will upend over 140 years of civil code, soon giving 18- and 19-year-olds the rights and responsibilities that come with legal adulthood.
- Those 18 years and older will no longer need parental consent to sign up for credit cards, loans and apartment leases. They will also be able to make important life decisions on their own, including those of work, place of living and marriage.
- Stricter punishments will also be applied to 18- and 19-year-olds for criminal offenses, as they will no longer be considered minors. News and media outlets will also be able to report their names publicly.
- The motive behind the change in civil code lies in the notion that people should participate in society sooner, against the backdrop of Japan’s low birth rates.
On April 1, Japan will change its legal definition of an adult from those who are at least 20 years old to those who are 18 years old and older.
The change will upend over 140 years of civil code dating back to the Imperial Meiji period of the late 1800s.
A collective of over 70 law firms and large company law departments in the U.S. has launched a national pro bono initiative to help victims of anti-Asian hate and prevent further incidents of violence.
The Alliance for Asian American Justice, or simply the Alliance, will coordinate and use pro bono resources to support victims in obtaining legal remedies — from providing legal counsel to working with police in keeping perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has openly talked about his aborted career as a corporate attorney in which he “spent five unhappy months of” soon after getting a law degree.
Before joining Davis Polk & Wardwell in 2000, he had scored 178 out of 180 on the LSAT and attended Columbia Law School. Once he was in, however, he did not feel quite at home.
On Thursday, the massive protest against a controversial proposed bill in Indonesia that has become increasingly violent in the last few days has claimed its first life.
A 21-year-old student died as thousands of Indonesians hit the streets nationwide to oppose a bill that changes dozens of laws, including amendments that make it illegal to insult the president and criminalize pre-marital sex.
Actress Gemma Chan recently shared how her law degree from Oxford University somehow became quite useful in her acting career.
The “Crazy Rich Asians” star was featured on the cover of Modern Luxury magazine’s March issue where she gave a fascinating interview about her blossoming career in Hollywood.
Macau’s “King of Gambling,” Stanley Ho Hung-sun, is facing a lawsuit filed by his own nephew for alleged unpaid shares dividends.
Based on court documents, plaintiff Michael Hotung, aka Mak Shun Ming, is suing the renowned casino tycoon for 2 billion Hong Kong dollars ($255 million).
Thai officials are now planning to swiftly approve the legalization of marijuana in the country, and they are aiming to make it available before the year ends as a gift to its citizens.
In November, voters in Florida will attempt to repeal a 1926 law that prevents Asian farmers from owning and leasing land in the state.
A social media influencer in Singapore shared clips of a ride that hit the road with speeds of up to 192 kilometers per hour (119 miles per hour), way beyond the state’s general limit of 50 kph (31 mph).
The influencer, reportedly identified as Chloe Teo, not only filmed the ride but also egged the driver on.
Owners of bubble tea shops in San Francisco have been forced to search for new kinds of straws as the city’s Board of Supervisors decides to ban those made from plastic.
The ordinance, introduced by Supervisors Katy Tang and Ahsha Safaí, forbids establishments from offering plastic items such as straws, stirrers, toothpicks, beverage plugs and cocktail sticks.
The Chinese government is looking into the possibility of providing financial incentives to encourage couples to have more children as the country faces a shrinking workforce due to its one-child policy.
China’s National Health Commission reportedly organized experts to look at the possibility of reducing the cost of having children in the country as well as rewarding parents depending on the number of children they have, according to The Paper via South China Morning Post.
A cosplayer has gone viral for donning a military uniform in her latest photoshoot, which is against the law in Taiwan.
The images, which were posted last week on the FaceBook page Momo Cat, have since been removed due to the controversy. The cosplayer wore military-grade sunglasses, high-heels, and mini skirt while posing in a sexually provocative manner on different objects at a military obstacle course in Taoyuan city, Shanghaiist reported.