Never Lose Hope: The optional surname debate in Japan
(Translation of above: “Even though our names are different, I LOVE YOU”, Tokyo)
Wouldn’t it be great if married couples could choose whether they wanted to share a surname or keep their respective surnames as they wish?
Japan is the only country that requires married couples to share a single surname. Statistics show that over 96% of the time, the woman adopts her husband’s surname.
The “Optional surname system” will not force every couple to keep their respective surnames. If couples prefer shared names, that is allowed, and if they prefer separate names, that should also be allowed. It is merely increasing the availability of options to suit diverse lifestyles.