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)
New Zealand doctors said Friday that a 7-year-old Japanese girl was bitten about 100 times during a dog mauling that has horrified many in the South Pacific nation. (USA Today)
An international survey shows Japanese men fell into a group doing the least housework. (NHK)
Fewer than 40 pct of residents and commuters in Tokyo take specific measures to prepare for a possible huge earthquake beneath the Japanese capital, despite high awareness on disaster prevention, a Metropolitan Police Department survey showed Friday. (Jiji Press)
A blizzard struck northern Japan on Friday with authorities warning of avalanches, high waves, strong winds and traffic disruption. (thehindu.com)
Police in Sano, Tochigi Prefecture, have indicted a man for stealing more than 200 items of women's underwear in three prefectures. (Japan Today)