Japan lowers voting age to 18

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TOKYO: Japan passed legislation to lower the voting age to 18 from its current 20 on Wednesday, 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.

AFP

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