Japan ward rejects couple's marriage registry under separate surnames

NYで夫婦別姓で結婚し日本でも有効と確認された日本人夫婦が改めて婚姻届提出 受理されず

Kyodo -- Jun 13
A Japanese couple who kept their own surnames when they got married in the United States were told by a Tokyo ward office Monday that their marriage could not be registered using the two different names.

Kiyoko Kashiwagi, a movie producer, and Kazuhiro Soda, a film director, were challenging the law that forces married Japanese couples to share a surname, having previously tried to register their marriage with the Chiyoda Ward office in 2018.

The couple, who both hail from the western Japan prefecture of Okayama, wed under separate surnames in December 1997 in New York, where they were residing.

Seeking to have their marriage recognized in Japan, the two filed their case with the Tokyo District Court. In April last year, the court ruled their marriage as "valid," but dismissed the issue of marriage registry, saying it would be more "appropriate" for a family court to handle that.

With the ward's refusal to accept their marriage registration, Kashiwagi and Soda will now file their complaint with the Tokyo Family Court.

The stipulation under Japan's Civil Code that a married couple needs to adopt the same surname only applies to Japanese couples. ...continue reading

Jun 13 (TBS NEWS) - アメリカで夫婦別姓を選んで結婚し、日本でも婚姻の有効性が認められた日本人の夫婦が13日、東京・千代田区役所に別姓での婚姻届を提出しましたが受理されませんでした。  ...continue reading

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