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Students aren’t so sure about being adults at 18

Date Posted: 2008-10-31

A possible Constitutional amendment is in the works that would lower the legal age of adulthood to 18, but high school students are signaling they’re not really comfortable with the idea.

Nearly one-third of students polled by a monthly newspaper said they don’t want legal rights and voting rights at age 18. Only 20% said they’d like to have the rights. The survey polled 3,628 high school students across Japan to find out what teens thought about the Diet’s new law that sets procedures for having a referendum on amending the Constitution. One clause in the law stipulates all Japanese citizens 18 and older would have the right to vote in the referendum.

The survey by Koukousei-Sinbun learned that 73% of the students said they would vote, if given the opportunity, while 24% said they would not.

Nearly half the students said they opposed ending capital punishment, a second issue addressed in the survey. Only 12% of the students thought capital punishment should be abolished. Just over half the boys and 45% of the girls opposed ending the death penalty, while 15% of boys and 9% of girls favored it.

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