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Japan to change age of adulthood for the first time since the Meiji Era of the late 1800s

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  • 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. 

Former US Prosecutors and Over 70 Firms Are Uniting to Offer Free Legal Help to Fight Asian Hate

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.

Andrew Yang Lasted Only 5 Months Working at an Elite Law Firm Because It Wasn’t Worth It

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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.  

Student Dies in Massive Protest Against Law Making Sex Before Marriage Illegal in Indonesia

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.

China May Start Paying Couples to Have Children

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.

Taiwanese Cosplayer Under Fire for Taking Sexy Photos in Military Uniform

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.