nicolejb
2 years ago5,000+ Views

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.”

What are your thoughts on this law in Japan? And what do you thinking about the women wanted to change that?

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you do have a good point, so maybe there should be some guidelines? I don't know it mostly depends on the couple getting married.
2 years ago·Reply
@odysseu5 i don't see any reason for guidelines. it should just be that women have a choice to merge their last name with their husbands, keep their own, or have their husbands. The child is the only one who must keep the family last name. I really don't agree with women not adopting their husbands last name though.
2 years ago·Reply
Yeah, @odysseu5 maybe like the couple could come up with guidelines with each other :)
2 years ago·Reply
It's good to see so many people on the side of right in this comments section :) I totally agree, women should be able to choose whether or not they want to take their partner's last name. For some people, it's a beautiful tradition to get to take part in, but no one should be forced to do so. Amen, to all your comments! :)
2 years ago·Reply
I feel that too! @AlloBaber so happy to hear more Vinglers have the same thoughts on this issue! <3
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