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Japan must reform its antiquated marriage laws

Allowing women to retain their maiden name challenges deep-rooted patriarchal beliefs

| Japan
Adopting the optional dual-surname system in marriage is a step toward a modern, egalitarian Japan.   © Reuters

Nobuko Kobayashi is a partner with EY Strategy and Consulting Co., Ltd., Strategy and Transactions -- EY-Parthenon.

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