In rare cases where two teenagers run away from their parents, to have a relationship called “Kake-ochi” (駆け落ち), it may result in both teens being prosecuted for abducting each other, however, often the cases for the females are dropped while the male is condemned.
These rules makes the de-facto age of consent of Japan at least 18 and can be interpretted as 20 in cases.
This forced many local government to stricken its interpretation and start arresting local people involved in an innocent relationship.
The second wave came in the mid 2000s when Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara announced its attempt to bid on Tokyo Olympics.
Age of consent is a confusing topic for foreigners in Japan.
Even professional legal advisers from abroad who do not have previous knowledge on this issue end up failing to give accurate advice to their clients.
Note that ones filled in orange and yellow are defined by local laws and vary between cities and prefectures.
Should a parent file a complaint, the police can prosecute the suspect immediately.Obviously this is sexist, but that’s how it works…If you are an international student (such as a high school or undergraduate college student) you need to be careful when you have found a partner because certain actions which are legal in many places around the world can cause trouble here in Japan.For example, as seen in the chart above, relationships between teenagers are illegal if it is considered immoral, obscene, and harmful.This law protects every individual who is less than 13 years old. Civil Codes (民法 Min-pou）are laws which regulates civil agreements among the citizens, but also Defines everyone under the age of 20 as Juvenile.It protects the rights of the parents and its families. It is impossible for anyone in any occasion for anyone under this age to consent in any sexual behavior in Japan.Many teenagers were abducted from Japan and foreign countries to be exploited for sexual proposes in child prostitution camp by international criminal organizations.However, things changed in the mid 1990s when Japan became an international destination for child sex tourism, particularly from the United States and Europe.For example, some places considers sexual penetration as obscene, while others may include touching and kissing.The most extreme place even consider communication, walking together or staying at the same room as obscene. Sexual action with someone under the age of 13 is a felony which is punishable by up to 20 years of forced labor.Him, along with other ultra-nationalistic politician started a campaign to improve the image of Japan.This included liquidation of so called “corrupt behavior” among the youths.