Japan Scales Down Voting Age to 18

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Tokyo: Japan on Wednesday passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from current 20, allowing teenagers into polling booths for the first time.

The move will bring Japan – where political power resides firmly with the burgeoning older generations – into line with other developed countries and will extend the franchise to an extra 2.4 million 18- and 19-year-olds.

These young people are expected to cast their first votes in the upper house election scheduled for summer 2016, unless the lower house is dissolved for a snap election before then.

The bill to revise the public office election law passed the upper house after being approved in the lower chamber.

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