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Japan Celebrates Coming of Age Day


Monday is a national holiday in Japan. It's "Coming of Age Day," a day of recognition for those who turn 20 years old this year.

Twenty is the age of adulthood in Japan, when a person is old enough to vote, drink or smoke.

Financial markets and many offices are closed for the holiday. Municipal governments host special coming of age ceremonies for the 20-year-olds in their juristictions. The ceremonies are held to encourage responsibility and self-reliance.

Young men usually wear suits to the ceremony. Young women usually wear special kimonos bought or rented for the event.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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