As predicted four months ago in this column, in September the Supreme Court ruled discriminatory and unconstitutional the Civil Code stipulation that says children born out of wedlock are entitled to only half the inheritance of legitimate offspring. The government is expected to revise the law accordingly, but some members of the Liberal Democratic Party continue to resist, saying that removing the stipulation would destroy the “Japanese family system.”

One of the strongest opponents, Liberal Democratic Party policy chief Sanae Takaichi, held a press conference where she stated that while she understands how a constitutional system operates, “many LDP lawmakers are skeptical” of the Supreme Court’s decision. “The Civil Code contains the principles of legal marriage,” she said, “and I don’t think this ruling fits those principles.” Takaichi and the other LDP lawmakers who want to “strengthen traditional marriages” have formed a study group to discuss the matter.

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