Japanese 18-Year-Olds: Are They Adults?

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    On Saturday morning, FTV reported on Japan’s voting age, which has recently become a big issue in the Diet. Part of the result included asking a group of foreign students for their opinions on lowering the Japanese age of adulthood to eighteen. Here is what they said:

    What do you think of Japanese 18-year-olds?

    The Korean student says he thinks their voices and the way they talk is cute.
    The Thai student thinks they speak very loud and are not like adults.
    The Swedish guy says he thinks they are like children, and that Japanese 18-year-olds are at about the same level as Swedish 13-year-olds.
    The general opinion seems to be that Japanese 18-year-olds are not very mature.

    Kind of harsh, don’t you think?

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