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Coming-of-Age Day Coming of Age Day is a national holiday which falls on January 15. This national holiday was created in 1948 and a described in the N ational Holidays Act as the day when young people are made aware of their achievement of adulthood and are congratulated. On this day large-scale ceremonies are held in all parts of Japan. The local cities and communities play host at the celbration ceremonies to all the young men and women who have had their twentieth birthday during the past year. The new adults gather together to hear congratulatory messages from the heads of their local government. Then one of the young people, speaking on behalf of the others, formally acknowledges that they have reached adulthood and pledges their determination to become good members of society. At the age of twenty young people receive the right to vote, smoke and drink, and obtain the freedom to marry without their parents' consent, but, at the same time, they must bear the responsibilities of adults.

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成人の日 成人の日は1月15日にあたる国民の休日である。この祝日は1948年に制定され「国民の祝日に関する法律」 において若者に成人したという自覚をもたせ、祝う日であると述べられている。 この日、大規模な祝祭が日本のすべて地域で行われる。市町村は前年中に20歳の誕生日を迎えた若い男女に対する祝祭の主催者になる。新成人 たちはその自治体のトップからのお祝いのことばを聞きに集まる。そして若者のうちの一人が代表として話し、自分たちが成人したことを認め社会の良き構成員となることを誓う。 20歳になると人々は選挙権や喫煙、飲酒する権利、親の同意なしに結婚する自由を得るが、同時に大人であることの責任を負わなければならない。

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