On the other hand, the rest of the rules are the rules of relationship.
I have been enrolled in an International undergraduate university for the past year-and-a-half and I occasionally have been frequently asked about this issue by international students.
Laws regulating relationship between a partner in Japan can be divided in to three major packages of law: The Penal Law Regrading Rape and Sexual Assault, Civil law (National), and Child Welfare act (Regional), commonly called the Juvenile Obscene act .
Although, occasionally some laws do overlap on their subject of protection and interest, all three laws regulate different subjects with different interests.1.
Penal Law regarding sexual assault(強姦罪, Gou-kan-zai) is a law defining statutory rape. Juvenile Obscene act (淫行条例, Inkkou-Jyourei) is a law which protects minor from “unethical relationships” and protects individual who is under the age of 18.3.
Many teenagers were abducted from Japan and foreign countries to be exploited for sexual proposes in child prostitution camp by international criminal organizations.
However, things changed in the mid 1990s when Japan became an international destination for child sex tourism, particularly from the United States and Europe.
Age of consent is a confusing topic for foreigners in Japan.
Even professional legal advisers from abroad who do not have previous knowledge on this issue end up failing to give accurate advice to their clients.
This forced many local government to stricken its interpretation and start arresting local people involved in an innocent relationship.
The second wave came in the mid 2000s when Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara announced its attempt to bid on Tokyo Olympics.
Some people believe the law is against the constitution, at it violates the basic human rights.