According to a law passed in 1898, all spouses in Japan must have the same last name. Photo: AFP

Japanese women fight for their identity – starting with their name

  • Under Japanese law, spouses must share the same surname – a tradition that some women today consider ‘a violation of human rights’ as it strips them of their identities
  • While men are able to take the surnames of their wives, only about 4 in 100 husbands do so
Topic |   Japan

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According to a law passed in 1898, all spouses in Japan must have the same last name. Photo: AFP
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