Japanese Women Sue For Right To Keep Surname

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A group of five women are suing the Japanese government in an attempt to eliminate the 1896 law that requires couples to take the same surname when they marry, a law that they say violates their civil rights but which conservatives uphold as a means of binding families together. What do you think?

“I often long for the utopian equality that prevailed before 1896.”

Larry Dahl • Spice Purchaser

“Japan shouldn’t worry too much. There are plenty of other ways to confine women to their prescribed role.”

Jacob Eastley • Bakery Technician


“I don’t even want to think about the social upheaval that would occur if we allowed that in this country.”

Stacey Longeran • Ball Bearing Sweeper