The Diet has enacted a law requesting a constitutional amendment to the national referendum laws regarding the legal voting age in Japan. The amendment, passed by the upper house on Friday and by the lower house in May, will bring the legal voting age from 20 to 18 years of age from 2018.
The ruling Liberal-Democratic Party, its coalition partner New Komeito Party, the Democratic Party of Japan, Japan Restoration Party, Your Party, Yui no To, and the People's Life Party all participated in submitting the bill. The New Renaissance Party also gave its support in the upper house.
When the bill was submitted to the Diet, NHK polled people on the street to see what they thought. Many older people expressed concern that 18 might be too young to understand politics, while some teenagers polled expressed indifference in the political process.
A previous referendum law was enacted in 2007 to remedy the fact that no detailed process existed in order to hold national referendums, but that amendment did not touch upon the voting age.© Japan Today