Ikuro Namura, head of the Akita University Health Center and an authority on the problem of underage drinking and smoking. With the lowering of the voting age to 18, discussions are taking place within the Liberal Democratic Party about lowering the legal age for drinking and smoking to 18 as well. (Yomiuri Shimbun)© Japan Today
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Alcohol and cigarettes are strongly addictive, and young people feel the effects more strongly, so the issue should not be grouped together with the voting age.
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