• Chugoku Shimbun


The Supreme Court issued a series of rulings in June that declared it constitutional for the Civil Code and other laws not to allow married couples to maintain separate family names. The rulings were in response to lawsuits and cases that contested the constitutionality of the single-surname rule.

Izumi Onji, 65, a doctor in Hiroshima Prefecture, is among those fighting this legal battle.

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