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Lawmakers from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have urged local party assembly members to shun a move that supports a legal revision allowing separate surnames for married couples, according to party sources.

In what could be construed as applying pressure, a group of LDP lawmakers sent a written request to the members, the sources said Wednesday. The group also includes Tamayo Marukawa, who recently took over as minister in charge of women's empowerment and gender equality.

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