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There are many people who have traditional values and who see an important meaning in Japan's family system.

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Takehiko Yamamoto, a professor at Waseda University in Tokyo, referring to Japan's civil code that requires married couples to register under the same surname.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. (Reuters)

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Japan's koseki and juminhyo systems are outdated, disctiminatory, and broken. Fix 'em. Family unity my left foot. If your marriage isn't solid enough to endure the gasp horror of seperate surnames then your marriage wasn't very strong to begin with. All this hullabaloo over seperate names? Grow up.

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