Feb 3, 2017

Japan looks to unify minimum marriage age at 18 for both sexes

The government is considering setting the minimum age for marriage at 18 nationwide, scrapping a provision introduced shortly after World War II that allows 16-year-old girls to wed, an official source said. The provision for a unified minimum marriage age would be presented in ...

Japan preparing bill to cut adult age to 18

Nov 14, 2016

Japan preparing bill to cut adult age to 18

The government plans to submit a bill to the Diet during next year’s ordinary legislative session to lower the age of adulthood under the Civil Code from 20 to 18. If approved by the Diet, the change could take place by 2021 following a ...

Age of adulthood debate raises fraud fears

| Sep 2, 2016

Age of adulthood debate raises fraud fears

The move to revise the Civil Code to lower the age of adulthood to 18 from 20 is raising concerns that teenagers might fall victim to fraudsters. Under current law, parents can cancel contracts signed by their children if the deals were sealed without ...

Japanese women will still face 100-day wait to remarry

/ Mar 8, 2016

Japanese women will still face 100-day wait to remarry

Women will still face a 100-day wait before they can remarry following proposed legal changes approved Tuesday by the Cabinet, a move condemned as discriminatory by a U.N. rights group. The approval by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration, on International Women’s Day, came after ...

| Dec 28, 2015

Let's discuss the law on surnames

Plaintiffs contesting family laws that require spouses to choose a single surname expressed shock and anger at Wednesday's Supreme Court ruling, saying it will force more women to suffer the misery of having to change their name upon marriage.