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The Tokyo High Court on Wednesday rejected a damages suit filed by four people arguing that a national law forcing couples to use the same surname after marriage is unconstitutional.

Yoshihisa Aono, the 48-year-old president of software development firm Cybozu Inc., and three others had filed an appeal against the central government after the Tokyo District Court rejected their earlier action, in March 2019, seeking a change to the Family Register Law in order to use their premarital surnames.

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