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Last week, Japanese activist group Your Voice Matters have submitted a petition to the Minister of Justice in Japan, asking to change the age of consent from 13 to 16. The petition has reached 40 thousand signatures from people who support the message that 13 is too young. While the crime rate in Japan has been decreasing over the years, sexual harassment and rape have been an issue for young women. The Japanese government did change the law by enforcing stronger punishments and changing the definition of rape.

The current age of consent in Japan is traced back to 1907 where farmers can easily give away their daughters through marriage or prostitution. And due to Japan being a patriarchal society with conservative ideals, changing the age of consent or any other law takes time.

Erielle Sudario has the story.

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