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In Japan, the minimum age for marriage is 18 for men and 16 for women. However, minors, those under 20 years of age, need parental consent to marry. The consent of only one parent is sufficient in cases where the other parent is unknown, has died or is unable to indicate intent.

For contrast, most states in America set a minimum age for marriage at 18 for men and women, although many states will allow minors under 18 to marry with their parents’ permission. Only two states set a minimum age for marriage at something higher than 18. In Nebraska, the minimum age without parental consent is 19 and in Mississippi it’s 21.

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