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Give married couples option of using different family names

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14.12.2019

The government seems stuck in its outdated policy of not allowing married couples to use separate family names if they wish, although it has taken partial measures to deal with problems caused by this anachronistic way of thinking.

Starting this month, married drivers are allowed to show their original (prenuptial) family names in their newly issued driver’s licenses, in square brackets and placed after their current legal names. Similar measures were taken last month with regard to certificates of residence and “My Number (identity) cards.”

The government touted these steps as policy support for those who want to use their original family names in their private life.

These changes may be useful for identification purposes to some degree. But it is up to companies and administrative organizations to decide whether original family names can be used in their business activities.

Even when one is allowed to show their original family name, that does not guarantee the person can use it for legal or business purposes.

Holders of Japanese passports have long........

© The Asahi Shimbun