The legal ramifications of entering a relationship are fairly murky without parental consent.
Juvenile Obscene Acts are notorious for being vague in what is considered “obscene” and this can vary on a case-by-case basis.
Raise your hand if you’ve heard online that the age of sexual consent in Japan is 13 years-old. That is the youngest age of consent among developed countries. The internet has been pushing some crazy misinterpretations of Japan’s “loose” youth and consent laws, which are completely untrue since even Japanese teenagers get arrested for dating each other. The Penal Code of Japan – Passed in 1907, the law defines statutory rape as having willful sex with anyone below the age of 13.
Japan has a tri-layer set of laws in regards to obscenity, which holds lots of twists and turns that end with unclear laws that require parental approval and a much higher age of consent than the internet likes to believe. Most people on the internet misunderstand this law as any 13 and older is fair game. Juvenile Obscene Acts – Every prefecture and municipality have laws in place protecting minors from “unethical relationships” and sexual activity with adults.
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Keep in mind, if you are at least 20 and enter a relationship with some 19 and under, you will face misdemeanor charges.
But let’s say you are an 18-year-old college student in a study-abroad program.
Depending on the prefecture, it’s completely legal to arrest a 17-year-old for dating their 16-year-old classmate.This means anyone 20 and older must seek parental consent before entering a relationship or marriage with someone that is at least 19 years-old.This law throws another wrinkle in Japan’s age of consent.That is the highest age of consent in the developed world!Let’s say your only knowledge of Japan’s age of consent is the misinformation that the age of consent is 13.