National Oct 2, 2013

Akashi first city to remove 'illegitimate' birth filing

Akashi, Hyogo Prefecture, said Tuesday it has stopped asking on birth registration forms whether a baby was born out of wedlock, the first city in Japan to do so. However, the new form is optional: It doesn't replace an existing form with "legitimate" and "illegitimate" ...

Editorials Aug 12, 2013

End inheritance discrimination

Japan's Supreme Court is urged to hand down a ruling that will lead to ending the discrimination against illegitimate children when inheritances are bequeathed.