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Japan welcomes 1.33 million new adults on Coming-of-Age Day

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The number of people who turned 20 years old, the legal age of adulthood in Japan, as of Jan. 1 came to 1.33 million, down about 20,000 from a year earlier and a record low for the second consecutive year, the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said Monday.

The new adults -- 680,000 men and 650,000 women -- celebrated the start of adulthood at ceremonies held nationwide Monday marking Coming-of-Age Day, a national holiday. They account for 1.04% of Japan's total population, down 0.02 percentage point from a year earlier to mark a record low for a third straight year.

There were several up-and-coming young actresses among this year's new adults: Yui Aragaki, 20, star of “Furefure shojo” released last year; Erika Toda, 20, star of “Koi kyokusei” to be released on March 14; and Maki Horikita, 20, who appeared in last year’s NHK period drama “Atsuhime.”

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earth-shattering news...

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still children and at home till 30.

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I can't believe this is national holiday. Japan is too peaceful country, isn't it? They can drink and smoke like hell from today.

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And all 650,0000 women gave the peace sign in every photo taken of them.

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I wonder how many are going to joint the ranks of unemployed adults?

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if you go to youtube and do a search for "okinawa" and "coming of age day", or the kanji equivalents ... you'll see what it's all about. first: go round with your mates, get your hair styled into a blonde/orange punch-perms/regents. second: get dressed with your mob in matchin' kimonos. next: swill japanese sake like it's goin' outta style. then: parade through the streets and demonstrate your true worth by makin' a supreme rear outta yourself. finally: top it all of with a drunken brawl with the more than scared of you local cops and spend the night in county lock-up before your mother comes to pick you up the followin' mornin'.

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First "white day" and now this? Anything better/relevant to celebrate? How about tabacco/alcohol day! That would make more sense.Q

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Born in Heisei era? think and live in tranquility don't envy those born in Showa...except a decade of bubble era life is same !

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And I still saw Disneyland on TV.

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Happy coming of age day, I hope you're all excited at the future of temporary work and reduced living standards that awaits you.

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No-one seems to have noticed the fact that there are 30,000 more Japanese 20 year olds than women! Now, I wonder what that will result in?

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That should read 30,000 more men than women.

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still children and at home till 30

until their late 30s

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When would they all enter the workforce? Before or after this day? Well, I wish them all a good year, one better than last year.

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Welcome to adulthood. Good luck getting jobs.

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I can see this headline 20 years from now: Japan welcoms 50,000 new adults on Coming of age day reminding each one that they are now responsible to sholder the cost of social benefits for 20,000 aged people.

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Yes too few youth and too many adults/elderly. if there are fewer youth than adults every Coming-of-age-day, how are Japan's social programs going to be paid? contract work if available isn't exactly well paying. It's certainly not more money than current jobs.

These kids will live at home as long as possible because they will need to, not like they can afford it otherwise. They will not save any money. Once the parents have passed on though, they won't be able to afford a house and will be forced out.

what on earth is left for them? Does anyone, anyone at all, discuss this? Or is some dreary apartment eating leftover food from your job at the convenience store the new ideal?

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