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Young adults anxiously awaiting January 13th ‘Coming of Age Day’

Date Posted: 2008-01-04

It will be a very big day for 18,371 20-year-olds January 13th, the day Okinawa celebrates ‘Coming of Age Day’.

Coming of Age Day is more than a ceremonial day; it’s the day when young people make the transition from youth to adult, earning the legal rights that go along with it. They’ll dress up in bright kimonos, and they’ll have the opportunity to take their first legal drinks. Purchasing alcohol is illegal for those under 20, and those caught are often admonished by police and juvenile officers.

It’s also marks the day when they can obtain a driver’s license, and have the right to vote. Naha City has 3,916 new 20-year-olds, Okinawa City has 1,665, Uruma City 1,516, Urasoe City 1,295, and Ginowan City 1,246. A few municipalities won’t celebrate on January 13th, but will wait until the 14th. Okinawa’s 20-year-old population dipped by 1,019 from 2006.

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