Gender and sexuality, Japan

Japanese Supreme Court considers what’s in a woman’s name

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The recent decision by Japan’s Supreme Court to uphold a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname comes as no surprise, writes STACEY STEELE. On 16 December 2015, the Supreme Court of Japan found that a controversial law requiring married couples to have the same surname is constitutional. Nearly 96 per cent […]

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Japan’s unmarrieds seek new connections beyond the family

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With marriage rates declining in Japan, friendships are assuming greater importance, for both men and women, writes LAURA DALES. It is a fact that by now barely needs mentioning—Japan is a hyper-ageing, low-fertility society. Japanese women and men are also marrying later, and less. Those who do marry are having fewer children than in the […]