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Japan raises age of consent from 13 to 16

Japan raises age of consent from 13 to 16

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Japan’s parliament has passed a law to raise the age of consent for sex from 13 to 16. This rule was changed for the first time since its adoption in 1907.

Under the new law, sex with people under the age of 16 will be considered rape. At the same time, there is an exception – sex with a child older than 13, but less than 16 years old will not be punishable if the difference between partners is not more than five years.

In addition, Japanese legislators have changed the definition of rape. It used to mean “forced sexual intercourse”; now it means “non-consensual sexual intercourse.” As the newspaper notes, the previous definition did not protect those who were forced to have sex. In addition, the period during which it is possible to report rape has been increased from 10 to 15 years.

Rape can now be prosecuted if the victim was unable to form intent about sexual intimacy and give clear consent—in particular, if she was under the influence of alcohol or drugs, was frightened, taken by surprise, threatened, or was subjected to social abuse. status and power.

The law also bans “photo voyeurism”, which includes peeping up skirts and covert filming of sexual acts, and contains a new “offense of requiring a meeting.” People who use intimidation, seduction or money to force children under 16 to meet for sexual purposes face up to a year in prison or a fine of 500,000 yen (about 300,000 rubles).

Source: Rosbalt

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