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Justice Minister Keiko Chiba has decided to submit a bill to an ordinary Diet session to be convened in January to revise the Civil Code so that married couples can choose whether to have the same family name or keep their own surnames, sources said Saturday.

The envisioned bill is also likely to amend the current provision under the Civil Code that prohibits women from remarrying within six months of a divorce, the sources said.

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