Tag - names



Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 25, 2019
Cybozu chief Yoshihisa Aono loses lawsuit at Tokyo court over right to use premarital name
A Tokyo court on Monday upheld a national law that forces couples to use the same surname upon marriage, rejecting claims over its unconstitutionality.
Japan Times
Mar 12, 2019
The teen formerly known as Prince (Oji-sama) begs parents in Japan to avoid kira-kira names
A teenager's decision to change his name spawned a viral tweet and led to a broader conversation online and in the media amid a trend for Japanese parents to give their children unusual given names.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Politics
Nov 3, 2018
LDP's Seiko Noda goes against custom, addressing lawmakers with honorific suffix san, not kun
Former internal affairs minister Seiko Noda, the first female chair of the Lower House Budget Committee, is making headlines for her unconventional style in steering deliberations — calling lawmakers by their names with the honorific suffix san, rather than kun, which is usually used for men.
Japan Times
Sep 3, 2018
Getting to know Japan on a first-name basis
What's in a first name? In Japan, you'll find insights into societal change.
Japan Times
Aug 13, 2018
Japanese surnames: Among the usual suspects, you're bound to find some curveballs
How many Japanese surnames are there anyway? It's a tricky question, because the total depends on how you decide to count them.
Japan Times
Oct 25, 2017
'Birds Without Names': Strong acting gets us through a couple's bad romance
If you're in the mood for a pleasant love story, avoid "Birds Without Names" like the plague. On the other hand, if you're cursing the idea of another Christmas alone, revel in the hope that all relationships may be as bad as the ones in this film.
Japan Times
Jul 28, 2017
Patent office to be first government agency to permit use of maiden names
The government is finally moving to catch up with the private sector on the use of maiden names in the workplace, with the Japan Patent Office set to become the first state agency to officially permit the practice starting in September.
Japan Times
May 31, 2017
Passport rules on maiden names to ease for married women
The government plans to ease passport regulations to allow married women to have both their maiden name and family name included on their passports in fiscal 2019.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Oct 12, 2016
In setback for female empowerment, Tokyo court rejects teacher's bid to use maiden name at work
The Tokyo District Court dismisses a case by a recently married woman on the grounds that the practice is not customary.
Aug 22, 2016
Government to loosen rules on using maiden names for My Number, residence cards
The government tackles another social problem as it attempts to create a more female-friendly work environment.
Japan Times
Nov 2, 2015
North Korean author of 'The Girl with Seven Names' memoir still feels hunted
The girl with seven names is finding it hard these days to contact relatives in Stalinist North Korea on the underground mobile phone link defectors like her have used for years.
BUSINESS / Companies
May 15, 2015
Most common name for company chiefs in Japan is Makoto Sato: survey
If your name happens to be Makoto Sato, the chances of you rising through the corporate ranks all the way to the top are probably higher than others.
Japan Times
Nov 29, 2014
Debating milk, names and workplace blues
Milk — liquid innocence. If milk lets you down, what won't? It looks healthy, tastes healthy — surely it is healthy? Appearances, we know, are deceiving; still, this particular illusion dies hard.
Oct 13, 2013
Keep the government out of the Redskins' name
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office should get out of the business of determining what is and isn't offensive. There is no hope of settling on a precise standard.
Oct 11, 2013
Hokuriku line bullet trains christened
East Japan Railway Co. and West Japan Railway Co. have named four bullet trains that will run on the Hokuriku Shinkansen Line, which will connect Tokyo and Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture, via Nagano, from spring 2015.
Japan Times
Jul 29, 2013
Prove you're Japanese: when being bicultural can be a burden
Japanese are Japanese and foreigners are foreigners, and never the twain shall meet? In many aspects of daily life in this country, there is one way for the Japanese and another for the rest of us. Like it or not, that's just how it is. At least foreigners know where we stand.
Japan Times
May 20, 2013
Product names show language creativity at work
Recently I was asked to write a blurb for a new liquid plant-nutrient. As soon as I saw the name of the product, u65e9u6839u65e9u8d77 uff08Hayane Hayaoki), I smiled at this example of linguistic creativity.
Mar 3, 2013
Many stories behind names for foreign players in Japan
While Japan and the rest of the baseball universe are deep in the World Baseball Classic fever, the conventional major league and Japanese teams are going about their business getting ready for their respective April 1 and March 29 opening days.
Japan Times
Feb 24, 2011
Seiko Noda marries and spouse takes her surname
GIFU (Kyodo) House of Representatives lawmaker Seiko Noda filed her marriage to her common-law husband with local authorities after giving birth to a baby boy last month through artificial insemination after years of fertility treatment, her office said Wednesday.
Oct 11, 2009
Fake names were to the fore in many a rise from humblest to highest
Here's a beguiling irony: Toyotomi Hideyoshi (1536-98), architect of Tokugawa Japan's rigid class structure and the author, in 1587, of a firm ban (not firmly enforced) on surnames for commoners, was himself born without a surname.


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