Society | Apr 02

A Future Where Everyone in Japan is Called Sato-san?

TOKYO, Apr 02 (News On Japan) - A startling projection has been unveiled, suggesting that if current trends continue, every Japanese person might eventually be named 'Sato'.

In almost unbelievable result released on April Fool's Day by Professor Yoshida of Tohoku University, a simulation shows the possibility of the 'Sato' surname proliferating.

Sato, the most common surname in Japan, accounted for 1.5% of the population as of last year. This 'Sato' index had reportedly increased by 0.8% over the year due to factors like marriage and promotions. If this rate of increase continues, by the year 2531, 100% of the population could be 'Sato'.

Imagine a future where everyone has to adapt to being 'Sato'. It might lead to practical issues, such as everyone having to be assigned a number like 'Sato123' to distinguish themselves. The inconvenience could escalate, especially in legal situations where the plaintiff, defendant, judge, and lawyers are all named 'Sato', making it difficult to determine who is who.

Why conduct such a simulation? The organization that requested Yoshida's projection points out that Japan is unique globally in requiring married couples to share a surname, with 95% of those changing their surnames being women. Despite this, societal norms around this issue have not significantly progressed in Japan. The debate around allowing married couples to retain separate surnames has stalled in the Diet. The organization hopes this simulation sparks discussion on the option of married couples maintaining separate surnames.

Source: ANN


The Imperial Household Agency has announced that Princess Kako, the second daughter of the Akishino family, is scheduled to visit Greece in late May to promote international goodwill.

The Taiji Town Whale Museum in Wakayama Prefecture conducted a memorial service on Tuesday for marine mammals and fish that have died in captivity.

A startling projection has been unveiled, suggesting that if current trends continue, every Japanese person might eventually be named 'Sato'.


Four men have been arrested by Tokyo police for allegedly recruiting women for prostitution in the United States via a website, promising encounters with affluent clients and high earnings.

For the first time in 73 years, Japan has unveiled a newly constructed whaling mother ship, equipped with drone technology for whaling operations in the Antarctic Sea.

The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) in Nara Prefecture has disciplined its former Youth Division Chief following a controversial dance party incident.

Residents of Japan's oldest student dormitory, self-managed for over 100 years, are digging in as Kyoto University attempts to evict them from the premises.

A Japan Airlines flight en route from Melbourne to Narita Airport encountered sudden severe turbulence on April 1, causing injuries to several cabin crew, including a broken leg.