The Washington Post reported a piece on how women’s surnames are still a hot-button topic in Japan. Japan’s civil code has not yet changed to allow married couples to keep separate surnames.
According to The Washington Post:
“Japan is the only country in the Group of Eight major industrialized nations that requires married couples to register under the same surname.
The rule is tied to Japan’s traditional concept of the family institution, which in the past ensured properties, businesses, and surnames were passed on to men within the family unit.
Those against changing the civil code say it’s a matter of family unity and are wary of the impact on children’s identities and a possible increase in divorce if the law is amended.”
In the United States, the topic of family disunity grows louder as families experience higher rates of divorce. So, is there a case, madames, for keeping your husband’s last name? Or, at least ensuring that families keep the same last name, whichever it is?
What do you think?