Tag - names



Japan is the only country in the world that still enforces a same-surname rule for married couples, according to Keidanren research.
JAPAN / Society
Jun 10, 2024
Japan should let married women keep names, main business lobby says
Keidanren said in a proposal that the government should quickly present legislation allowing for surname choice to parliament.
An advisory panel to the education ministry will consider how the Japanese language should be transcribed into the Latin alphabet, including unifying different romanization styles currently in use.
May 15, 2024
Japan to review romanization system for first time in 70 years
The review is due to be submitted as early as next spring.
Plaintiffs in a suit against the government over a law that requires married spouses to have the same surname arrive at the Tokyo District Court in Tokyo on March 8.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
By 2531, everyone in Japan could have the surname 'Sato'
The forecast is based on the premise that the current practice of requiring married couples to share the same surname continues.
Plaintiffs who have filed a lawsuit over Japan's separate surname rule head into the Tokyo District Court on Friday.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 8, 2024
Group files lawsuit over Japan law that mandates couples share a surname
Similar lawsuits have been filed before, but public opinion appears to be shifting in favor of allowing couples to have separate surnames.
Keidanren chairman Masakazu Tokura
JAPAN / Society
Feb 14, 2024
Business lobby chief shows support for separate surnames for spouses
Masakazu Tokura of Keidanren expressed bewilderment at why the issue "has been left hanging for so long."
Japan is the only country with a law requiring married couples to adopt the same surname. In 95% of cases, it is women who take their husband's name.
Feb 7, 2024
The land where single surnames are the only option
The business lobby recently joined calls for Japan to accept separate surnames after marriage. What, then, is standing in the way of change? Politics.
Gender-neutral names were more popular for Japanese babies born in 2023, a survey has found.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 5, 2023
Popularity of gender-neutral Japanese names rose in 2023
The annual ranking by Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance, released Monday, showed that unisex names have risen in popularity.
Yuuki Matsumoto, formerly Yuni, at his residence in Yokohama on Aug. 24. Japanese children with unconventional names can face societal and practical challenges unique to their country and its written language. Matsumoto, 24, was bullied over his name to the extent he dropped out of school, and had it legally  changed this year.
JAPAN / Society
Dec 3, 2023
Unusual names can complicate life in Japan. Now parents are being reined in.
As such names have increased, so has attention to cases of people unhappy with them. But critics say new rules may infringe on the right to be creative.
A couple that supports a system allowing the use of separate surnames, in Tokyo in October 2021
JAPAN / Society
Aug 23, 2023
61% in Japan back separate surnames for married couples
A think tank sent forms to 16,470 households in July last year and analyzed responses from 5,518 women with spouses.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional voices: Chubu
Jul 17, 2023
Firms and authorities stop requiring staff to display names amid harassment
Concerns have been raised that name tags showing full names can lead to people identifying workers' personal information on social media.
Japan Times
Mar 24, 2023
Japanese government urges release of missing persons' names in event of disaster
The government has urged local authorities to publicly disclose the names of people who are missing during disasters without the family's consent to speed up rescue operations.
Japan Times
Jan 7, 2023
Across Japan, baby names are getting more creative
Despite a government-managed list of acceptable kanji, parents are choosing more unique readings for their children than ever before.
Japan Times
Nov 1, 2022
Ao and Himari: Japan's most popular baby names in 2022
A kanji character meaning 'blue-green,' most often read as 'Ao,' was No. 1 for boys, while two characters meaning 'sun' and 'hollyhock,' most commonly read as Himari, was tops for girls.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Aug 17, 2022
WHO vows nothing 'ridiculous' as public submits ideas to rename monkeypox
Often disease names are chosen behind closed doors by a technical committee, but this time the WHO has decided to open up the process to the public.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 13, 2022
Tokyo ward office rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames
With the ward's refusal to accept their marriage registration, Kiyoko Kashiwagi and Kazuhiro Soda will now file their complaint with the Tokyo Family Court.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 19, 2022
Baby Pikachu? Japan panel weighs accepting unconventional readings of kanji for names
The proposal is part of the Justice Ministry's push to digitize the family register by adding phonetic readings to kanji names.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Oct 13, 2021
Japan's main opposition CDP focuses on progressive issues in party platform
The largest opposition party said it would stand for rights like supporting same-sex marriage and different surnames for couples, marking out differences with the conservative ruling LDP.
Japan Times
Sep 13, 2021
Japan's main opposition CDP vows to allow separate surnames for couples
Other policies revealed ahead of this autumn's general election include introducing a law to protect the rights of sexual minorities and helping women subjected to domestic violence.
Japan Times
Jul 31, 2021
What's in a surname? In Japan, a whole lot
The Supreme Court doesn't budge on its stance on surnames, even though the Japanese public is moving in the opposite direction.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 23, 2021
Japan's top court says forcing couples to share surname is constitutional
The latest decision on a more than century-old provision based on the Civil Code and the family register law dismissed requests filed by three couples to keep their separate surnames.


Father's Day is said to have come to Japan around 1950, shortly after the establishment of Mother's Day.
The evolving nature of fatherhood in Japan