Sign in for a personalized experience.
Japan Guide Homepage
Travel
Living
Forum
Jobs
Friends
Shopping
Question Forum
-
Classifieds
-
Friends
-
Language Exchange
-
Tutors
-
Schools
-
Member Area

Home - Question Forum
Legal age in Japan

ask a new question  -  post a reaction

Dear visitor, if you know the answer to this question,
please post it. Thank you!

Note that this thread has not been updated in a long time, and its content might not be up-to-date anymore.

Legal age in Japan 2006/10/10 22:39
My friend(24 years old) is dating a 19-year old Japanese girl. If they are being ''intimate'' is this legal?It seems like an ''adult'' is 20, but at the same time Age of Consent seems to be 18? Its very confusing.
by REDF12  

Yes 2006/10/12 19:05
Yes it is legal since both of them are over 18. But I don't know what her parents might say :)
by Uco rate this post as useful

ok 2006/10/29 22:23
ok. thanks. Its a bit confusing because age of majority is 20 I think, and I also heard about some other ''corruption of a minor'' laws or something. Not sure if they could go with that. It's not easy to figure out what is correct.
by REDF12 rate this post as useful

umm... 2006/10/30 03:02
Japanese consider 20 to be adult legal age.
Driving age is 18 and they must go to driving school to learn how to drive to get licensed.
I'm not sure if 18 and 19 is considered as an adult for consexual sex.
Can Uco explain it, please.
by cc rate this post as useful

Uco 2006/11/4 22:55
Uco...so, do you know then?
by REDF12 rate this post as useful

Age of consent 2006/11/5 00:02
REDF12,

It's 18, as Uco wrote in her reply several weeks back.

by Dave in Saitama rate this post as useful

13, but.... 2006/11/5 17:53
When you do a websearch for the age of consent in Japan and you are most likely to find 13 as the age of consent. However, the age of consent in Japan is 13 years old under the Japanese national criminal law code. but note that all municipalities and prefectures have their own particular laws such as Tokyo's "Youth Protection Law" which prohibit adults from having sex with youths who are under 17 years old. So it depends on what prefecture you are in and most of the time it varies between 17 and 18.
by Kappa rate this post as useful

My gf's 17, I'm 19. 2007/8/29 21:48
Hello,

I have been going out with a girl for the last month who is 17. When I first met her, she told me she was 18 but I only found out later her real age. I live in Azabu and she lives in Saitama. Should I cut it off? Or is 17 okay? I really like her but don't want to go to jail either.

Thanks!

by Jonathon rate this post as useful

. 2007/8/29 22:55
Wait until she turns 18, you are on a slippery slope grey area, there with a 17 year old.
by John rate this post as useful

Meh? 2007/8/30 02:37
So if you're an adult it's illegal to do anything with a 13-17 year old? But why is it legal? Or is it something like if you're both underage it ok?

It seems a bitty confusing to me.

by Brian rate this post as useful

. 2007/8/30 04:03
Simple guideline to use:
If you even think she is too young, hands off.
by Jonci rate this post as useful

reply to this thread

Advertisement

Online Reservations
Hotel
 
Car
 
Flight
 
Bus

(check-in)

Related Pages
Message Boards
  Question Forum
  Travel Reports

Classified Ads
  Friends
  Language Schools
  Language Tutors
  Language Exchange
  Accommodation
  Travel Guide
  Other Services
  Moving Sales
  Events

Travel
Living
Japan A-Z
Community
Sightseeing
Accommodation
Transportation
Shopping
Essentials
Regions
Prefectures
Cities
Working
Studying
Living Cost
Apartments
Arts and Crafts
Entertainment
History
Religion
Etiquette
Food
Language
Tradition
Question Forum
Classifieds
Trip Reports
Member Area
Sightseeing Guide
Hokkaido
Sapporo
Otaru
Hakodate
Noboribetsu
Niseko
Furano
Daisetsuzan
Shiretoko
more...
Tohoku
Sendai
Matsushima
Hiraizumi
Hachimantai
Hirosaki
Lake Towada
Dewa Sanzan
Aizu
more...
Kanto
Tokyo
Yokohama
Kamakura
Hakone
Nikko
Kawagoe
Kusatsu
Narita
more...
Chubu
Nagoya
Mount Fuji
Izu Peninsula
Matsumoto
Kiso Valley
Takayama
Shirakawa-go
Kanazawa
more...
Kansai
Kyoto
Osaka
Nara
Kobe
Himeji
Mount Koya
Kumano
Ise Shima
more...
Chugoku
Hiroshima
Miyajima
Okayama
Kurashiki
Tottori
Matsue
Iwakuni
Hagi
more...
Shikoku
Takamatsu
Kotohira
Naoshima
Matsuyama
Kochi
Tokushima
Naruto
Iya Valley
more...
Kyushu
Fukuoka
Nagasaki
Kumamoto
Mount Aso
Beppu
Kagoshima
Kirishima
Yakushima
more...
Okinawa
Honto
Kume
Miyako
Yaeyama
Copyright © 1996-2014 japan-guide.com All rights reserved
home - site map - privacy policy - terms of use - contact - employment - Lɂ‚ - advertising