Japanese marital surname law faces legal challenge
Five people in Japan are poised to launch an unprecedented lawsuit against the government, claiming that a civil law forcing them to choose a single surname after marriage violates their constitutional rights. If they succeed, married men and women will for the first time be able to retain their own surnames, dealing a blow to one of the few remaining legal obstacles to gender equality. In the vast majority of cases, women are required to relinquish their maiden name after marriage, although a small number of men take their wife's name.
(guardian.co.uk, Jan 11)
A woman has been arrested in Sakai, Osaka, for harassment of the metropolitan police department after having called 110, the emergency number, 15,000 times in the last half year alone. (Japan Today)
Yoko Ono says her own bitter experience in Japan during World War II inspired her to support WhyHunger's "Imagine There's No Hunger" campaign to fight childhood hunger around the world. (abcnews.go.com)
Japanese police arrested former sumo ozeki Kotomitsuki on Wednesday on suspicion of violating the immigration law by employing foreigners illegally at a barbecue restaurant he runs in Nagoya, central Japan. (Jiji Press)
Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday announced that a crackdown on prostitution in the city’s nightlife areas last month resulted in the arrest of 24 women. (Tokyo Reporter)
Officials at Sagamihara Chuo Hospital in Kanagawa Prefecture said Tuesday that a doctor left a piece of gauze in a patient's body after an operation last May. (Japan Today)