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Media watch: Revision of 300-day law isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

As we’ve said here many times before, one of the main purposes of Japan’s family register system (koseki) is to determine paternity for the sake of bureaucratic convenience, which means that it is the authorities who have the last word … Continue reading

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Media watch: Trans parent throws family court for a loop

In response to yet another earnest challenge to Japan’s family register (koseki) system, the Tokyo Family Court on Feb. 28 refused to recognize a person as the father of two children despite the fact that this person provided their own … Continue reading

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Getting it wrong on “bessei”

This weekend the Cabinet Office released the results of a survey showing that “fewer people” supported the idea of allowing married couples to use separate names. This issue has been simmering for at least a decade and every time a … Continue reading

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Media Mix, Sept. 4, 2011

Here’s this week’s Media Mix, about actress Hisako Manda’s inheritance problems following the death of her common-law husband in June. The piece is a rehash of all the different elements of the story that have come out in the weeklies … Continue reading

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