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Japan's top court reaffirms rule forcing couples to share surname

Judges uphold 2015 decision based on 19th-century civil code

One of the plaintiffs in the case, center, heads to the Supreme Court flanked by attorneys on June 23.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japan's top court on Wednesday again ruled legal provisions forcing married couples to use the same surname are constitutional, upholding a Supreme Court judgment from 2015.

The latest decision on a more than century-old provision based on the Civil Code and the family register law dismissed requests filed by three couples in 2018 to keep their separate surnames after local governments refused to accept their marriage registrations.

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