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Episode 1 | Same Surname: Not a Personal Choice for All Spouses


"I just wish I had a choice." Hosts Leslie and Sachiko talk about Sachiko's article, "Same Surname: Not a Personal Choice for All Spouses."  In Article 750 of the Japanese Civil Code, both parties of the marriage must have the same surname, and there is no legal reform to the archaic 1896 law, despite many lawsuits and petitions. Sachiko discusses her own experience with surname changing and the struggles that many Japanese women share due to the surname law. 


Episode 1

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