In Japan, women are legally required to take their husbands last name since 1896.
Essentially in order to obtain a marriage license fully, both man and woman must have the same last name to get everything official.
Some Japanese women want to change this.
Five women in Japan are doing something about it-- They are suing the Japanese government on the basis that it goes against the equality and violates married couples’ civil rights.
“By losing your surname...you’re being made light of, you’re not respected.... It’s as if part of your self vanishes,” Kaori Oguni, one of the women suing, told Reuters.
The opposing side suggests that it is jut easier for families.
Constitutional scholar Masaomi Takanori told NHK public television, “Names are the best way to bind families. Allowing different surnames risks destroying social stability, the maintenance of public order and the basis for social welfare.”