As TresSugar pointed out today, Japan is the only major industrialized country to require both spouses to have the same name. Interestingly, this means the husband can take the wife’s name, but few couples apparently choose that option.
If you’re a Japanese woman and you want to keep your name, my guess is that you either don’t get married and just live with your partner (is that tolerated in Japanese society?), or you don’t register your marriage civilly.
Now, I haven’t decided yet if I’m going to change my name if I ever get married, but I’d at least like to know that I have the option to keep it. If you’ve published under your maiden name, or simply like it, or believe in the values of keeping your own last name, then this law seems unfair.
Ok, Japanese Lovelies, what do YOU think about this law? How does it play out in society? And for everyone else, do you think it’s a fair statute?