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Teens not comfortable with adult treatment

Date Posted: 2009-09-04

An Okinawa newspaper column has stirred teens to question whether they’re ready to be treated as adults.

Japan’s constitutional amendment process involves a national referendum, which states those 18 years of age can vote, and ‘The Conference Room’, a newspaper column, has asked 54 people whether the legal age should be 18 or 20.

Some 55.6% of those surveyed say that 18 is too young to be called an adult; that people should wait until they’re 20. Even those who’ve turned 20 weren’t comfortable, with 63% saying they didn’t feel like an adult. Two-thirds of those polled say they couldn’t decide on any constitutional amendment before age 20, while nearly 80% said they didn’t even want to vote until they’re 20.

What do teens think important in deciding when they’re adults? “When I take responsibility for my actions,” said some, “while others said “when I get a new job and become independent.”

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