Sex With Minors OK in Japan… Even encouraged
June 17, 2007 | by 孫子

In over 80 countries in the world the age of consent for sex is 16. For Japan, it is only 13.

13 year old girls can consent to having sex!! Something is wrong with this picture.

A doctor offering a sex counseling service in Japan’s Roppongi says children need to learn about sex – how to avoid it, that is.

Recently a 12 year old showed up at his clinic with VD. She was sleeping with older guys to get money so she could beome a groupie for her favorite performer.

Jr. high school girls coming to his clinic show up in increasing numbers.

High school girls don’t even change out of their uniforms before they come.

A popular TV program about a 14-year-old mother’ is seen to glorify teen motherhood and adding to the idiocy.

Some are even praising the children for helping out in Japan’s declining population rate.

(Rising Sun of Nihon)

Sun Tzu has spent about 7 years in Asia traveling through Japan, Hong Kong, China, and Korea. A true fan of everything that is weird and strange, he decides in the end what is displayed and published on this site. Sun has previous experience writing for numerous print mags such as XLR8R, URB, and Movement Magazine.

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  • This is a lie and you know it.

      • Just because it is listed on a website found in a google search does not make it true.

        In Japan, age-of-consent varies by prefecture, like it does in the US (states set their own laws on this). The age-of-consent for most prefectures in Japan are 16 or 18… some as late as 20. The age 13 law that many websites refer to is an old pre-war law and has never been struck down, just made irrelevant by later laws.

        The age-of-consent for most of Japan is NOT 13.

        • Basically everyone is correct. The law technically is 16 years old. However, if you are able to prove you love the person you can sleep with someone as young as 13. You must show that you love the person in a consistent manner. But all you need to do is prove it to the judge if you get caught as the judgement by peers is yet to come into effect that comes in 2009. Yet another quirk to go along with the child ponography act. OK to have it for entertainment reasons but not OK to peddle it for economic reasons. But that is a whole new can o worms.

  • Lie or no lie, the question really does come down to cultural views and differences.

    Who’s to say we’re right and they’re wrong, regardless of whether we agree with them? No matter what country we’re in, sexual responsibility should be taught, not just abstinence.

  • This is not about subjective moral values. This post is about an article that is using lies.

    If you want to veer the debate off into an irrelevant direction, go ahead. But the article is using falsehoods, and that is what should be addressed. Not your meaningless ethical beliefs.

  • As the age of consent is 13, you might want to reconsider the picture of 7 year olds.

  • Well in case no ones realized, USA isn’t the center of the universe.

    But in any case, teens int he USA have been increasingly infantiled over the past hundred of years, their rights being taken from them day slowly and steadily. Many countries don’t even have a term for what we int he states call “Adolescence”. We like to baby our children for crazy extended periods of eyars and treat them like they are inferior and stupid, when in fact clinical studies have shown it’s the comlete opposite.

    Basically you reap what you sow. Int he states, we treat kids like idiots therefore they act like it because they feel hey, that’s what is expected of us anyway, instead of growing from childhood right into adulthood.

    This is afterall, what every civilization has ever done, including the USA of old, with young children growing right up to work on the farms and getting married at 11.

    Stop teaching kids that they’re stupid until the magical age of 18 when they’re then supposed to START growing up and I think it’d be a nice change for the better and a story like this wont be so surprising.

    • FINALLY! I have found some one else in this country with some DAMN sense! some of these comments are why MOST(98%) of the world hates our GUTS! The U.S. is NOT the world’s NANNY! this country is only 232 years old for crying out loud! We don’t know any thing about ANY THING…let’s just come off our high horses 4 a second! our kid’s are actual HEAD-CASES 4 crying out loud! SHEESH!

  • Interesting… In USA its illegal to have sex with minors, yet MANY, MANY, MANY americans lose their virginity at age 12-13, then what’s your point?

    My point is, whether it is OK or not, it happens in the USA, so you must do something for USA children and teenagers and stop criticizing other countries’ customs.

  • Dammit!

    Why Arnt i living over there!?!?!?

  • Here in Spain, age of consent is also 13 years old. This does not mean that all 13 years old will be tried as adults in case of a pergnancy. If there was no consent, the adult will be tried as sex-with-minor. I don’t really know how it works (the law) here, but I know that 13 is the age, and that 18 is the legal age of consent, but 16 is still the minimum age for marriage, for example. It’s kinda strange I know, most of us don’t support it, but many 13 year olds “know” what they’re doing, and they try not to put prohibition where there should not be.

  • Sorry, this may be regionally true, but every state (prefecture) in Japan overrides the regional law to age of consent of 16/17. So anywhere you go, sex with a 13 year old is illegal. Sorry to dissappoint you.

    I have posted about this before on my own blog, , all about underground and dodgy stuff in Japan. Since I live here, and research my stories, you might want to take a look.

    That isnt t say that Japan doesnt love its children in bad ways though. There is a great of teen and preteen idols here with photobooks that any other country would consider to be “sexual in nature” (swimsuits, school uniforms etc), but the law is strong on actual child abuse. The debate is whether these sexual photobooks satiate lolicon pedophiles so they dont go out and actually abuse a child, or whether they actually encourage child abuse by portraying like that.

  • This is just stupid.
    Like the US, English and other places, there are laws that are still on the books, but don’t serve purpose anymone, and this is one.
    Almost every prefecture/city have laws that mandate the age to be at LEAST 16-17. Research before you publish… aho.
    In addition, prositution and sex with minors is constantly stopped by police action.

  • Tons of countries have age of Consent at 14 (Canada), and japan isn’t the only to set it at 13

  • As long as the activities don’t interfere with schoolwork, many girls get away with such lucrative and lascivious acts.
    Many laws aren’t repealed because it’s easier to ignore them or update them as necessary.
    Japan is known for the implied and inference-based manner of speech, much of it based on being polite and formal. Where a person will smile to your face and agree with you, their opinion is another matter.

    I thank you for the time and effort you spent providing this article to the public.


  • they just need to increase their population?! i’ll gladly go and live there to add their population ^_^ i dont know about you guys, but i think sex should be done after marriage.. regardless of their age :)

    • Age matters Qi!!! Thanks.

    • QI!!! that aint cool . u sound like a perverted sex freak! i take offense to that, especially because i myself am asian! so dont go around saying ull go to a country to have sex cuz it doesnt matter how old they are. JERK!

  • Thanks for this timely article.

  • Wo wo wo come on now 18 is young enough if I might add. Ive been to Japan and this news is really dumb information. There is plenty of well kept succesfull people all around. Fellow men, we don’t have to turn to little girls for a good time, if you know what I mean. I think that is dispicable. 23 is just fine with me and I am 30 years of age.

    Jason mendoza

  • Kids really ARE stupid until they reach the age of 18. Their brains aren’t fully grown yet. They can’t see the future consequences of their actions unless they are mature beyond their years. I don’t even think the law should be below the age of 18 anywhere. Sex education is a must, but letting kids run around doing whatever they want isn’t going to teach them anything. If anything, laws and regulations need to be more strict for people under the age of 18 everywhere.

  • It may be 13, but in reality it’s 17 or 18 depending on the prefecture. Prefectural law over-rules National law. End.

  • some of u r really sick…but then i am glad that some child molesters and perverts have been caught in Cambodia…those from western countries esp germany r quite sick..screwing those underage girls..

    if u wanna look for hooker, go ahead..but pls don;t go and screw those underage girl..if i screw ur underage daughter, how do u feel??

    burnt in hell…

  • america needs to keep its nose out of other countries busness jepan dont need help on whos legal and whos not .and who desides that 13 year old decide that every day.i no some 20 year olds who is having sex and they dont need to because there stupid so 13 year olds are smarter than some 20year olds if u wont sex get it life is short

  • i have liked larger size

  • Don’t usually reply to posts this old… but who cares what they do in Japan? It seems the original post was wrong anyway like so much taken for “news” on the net. Every country has it’s own geopolitical circumstances and religious beliefs. I don’t find the Japanese model of compressed and stressed urbanism particularly compelling. In any case it’s clear from these dates this topic has just about run its course, having descended into personal statements of sexual preferances and indignant blather.


  • WOOOOOOOOWWWWWWWWW……..I honestly don't know what to say to that!

  • people are sick thats what i know

  • …………………….Wow………. Just because their population is declining with youth, sex with minors is NOT OKAY. Sure, they can encourage sex all they want, married or not, but with minors at age 12 or 13?! Honestly, it's a person's own will and decision for their consent of sex, but truthfully, how can they let someone violate their body before they even know what true love is?

    I really do think sex and having a child between two people is only because they truly love each other, whether they're married or not. But encouraging minors to have sex and contribute to the declining population is no different than randomly breeding dogs to sell their puppies for a profit. I'm sorry but it's just not right.

  • Kitagawa Nobue

    Here’s the way the so-called “age 13 is age of consent” works:
    The age of consent in Japan is 13 years old under the Japanese national criminal law code. However, all municipalities and prefectures have their own particular laws such as Tokyo’s “Youth Protection Law” which prohibit adults from having sex with youths who are under 18 years old.
    As an added note, even though the age of consent in Japan can be 13, the age of majority is 20 for voting. The age of adulthood is considered 20 and driving age is 18.
    This is similar to the United States, where the age of consent is 16 by the federal criminal code, but 8 states have laws prohibiting sex with youths under 17 years old, and 11 states have laws prohibiting sex with youths under 18 years old.
    Finally, sorry to those of you who were thinking about taking a trip to Japan, but under U.S. law it is illegal for an American citizen or resident to have sex in another country with someone aged under 16, unless the age difference is less than 4 years, in which case the minimum age is 12.

  • The age of consent in Japan is 13 years old under the Japanese national criminal law code. However, all municipalities and prefectures have their own particular laws such as Tokyo’s “Youth Protection Law” which prohibit adults from having sex with youths who are under 17 years old.

  • Really, I see the need to safe guard kids in the world, But to say 13 is too young, is not aways right, My mother was 13 and my dad was 20 when thay got married , in 1931. Yes , And where married for 61 years. my mother and dad are passed away now, but I know back in the day people where more  moral than now, so to say a 13 yr old is too young, well, I bet its hard to find people married that long today.  just saying .

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