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The Diet will probably not be able to work on a planned bill to allow married couples to have different surnames during its current session, Justice Minister Daizo Nozawa said Tuesday, citing the tight legislative schedule.

In a news conference after the day’s regular Cabinet meeting, Nozawa said it is doubtful there will be enough time left for the Diet to discuss the bill to authorize the dual-surname system, saying a number of important bills have been or will be proposed during the session.

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