Japan Supreme Court rules it’s constitutional to require married men and women have same surname

Originally published on Sora News by Casey Baseel


For the second time in less than a decade, Supreme Court says Mr. and Mrs. must match.

A few years ago, three sets of couples living in Tokyo submitted their marriage registration applications, and all of them said they wanted to retain their original family names after getting married. All of their applications were rejected, as the Japanese legal system requires that husbands and wives share the same family name in their official family register, or koseki, as the system is called in Japanese.

The couples contested that such a requirement is in violation of Japan’s constitution, citing

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