Japan Upholds Law That Married Couples Must Have The Same Surname
A group of women challenged a law from 1896 that requires couples to have the same surname, but they were unsuccessful.By Melissa Prax | December 17, 2015
In Japan, married couples must have the same last name — which means in most cases, women take their husband's surname.
In 2011, a few women tried to challenge the 1896 law. But on Wednesday, Japan's supreme court ruled on the case, and it didn't budge.
"To me, in order to make a vow to someone, you need to suppress your own will," one of the plaintiffs said.