Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Japan's Coming of Age day

Turning 20 years old is a big deal in Japan—it's the age when young people get to legally drink, smoke, and vote (hopefully not all at the same time). Each year, on the second Monday of January, those who turned 20 in the previous year celebrate Coming of Age Day (Seijin no Hi).

Reflecting birth rates that have been declining for years, however, the latest cohort of 20-year-olds was the smallest in nearly 20 years.

—Mellow Monk

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