Minister Says Government Making Efforts to Reduce Voting Age to 18
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Posted 10/27/09 , edited 10/27/09
Minister says government making efforts to reduce voting age to 18

The government is "working hard" toward fulfilling its election pledge of reducing the voting age to 18, Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Kazuhiro Haraguchi said Tuesday morning.

"We will examine the opinions of all parties and all factions, before hopefully settling on a course of action in the Diet," said Haraguchi.

The proposed change to the Public Office Election Law is based on the National Referendum Law, which defines the procedures for amending the Constitution and which stipulates those voting in referenda must be 18 or over.

In addition, a legislative advisory board to the minister of justice recommended a reduction in the age of majority to 18 in its final report, submitted in July.

"It would be best if it could be done in time for the House of Councillors election (next summer), but I imagine it won't," Haraguchi said.
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