Japan to lower voting age to 18: Report

Japan to lower voting age to 18: Report
A girl casts her vote before posters of Japan's major parties, including ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) leader and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (back left), in a straw poll for the upcoming lower house election at the KidZania career theme park in Tokyo on Dec 12, 2014.

TOKYO - The Japanese parliament is expected to lower the voting age to 18 from 20 currently, a report said Saturday, in the first such change to the law in seven decades.

Six ruling and opposition parties have agreed to submit the necessary legislation later this month, with the Diet (Japan's legislature) due to approve the change by early May, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper said.

If approved, the proposed change would add some 2.4 million new voters to the electorate, granting them the right to participate in elections as soon as the summer of 2016, when a vote for the Diet's upper house will be held.

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