The city of Akashi in Hyogo Prefecture has become the first to cease recording whether newborns are "illegitimate" on its birth registration forms.
Akashi announced on this week that it has dispensed with a field on the birth registration forms that traditionally recorded whether or not the parents were married at the time their child was born. A city spokesperson said forms submitted prior to the changeover will continue to contain the information, but those submitted after Oct 1 will no longer display the field, Kobe Shimbun reported.
The move comes after the announcement from the first petty bench of the Supreme Court last month that it "cannot say it is necessary" to record whether or not children are born out of wedlock.
Akashi Mayor Fusaho Izumi told the press, "We took on board the Supreme Court's announcement and made the decision that was right for our city."© Japan Today