Japan’s marital system reform: The fufubessei movement for individual rights
Source TitleThe Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus
PublisherThe Asia-Pacific Journal
University of Melbourne Author/sToyoda, Etsuko
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsToyoda, E. (2020). Japan’s marital system reform: The fufubessei movement for individual rights. The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, 18 (13), pp.1-26
Access StatusOpen Access
This article spotlights a push for human rights amongst Japanese women and men supporting a marital law revision that will allow spouses to maintain their individual surnames. While proponents of the reform comprise a variety of genders, ages, marital status, value systems, and reasons for supporting the reform, they have all experienced, witnessed or contemplated inequity in society – experiences that have shaped their perspectives on the importance of the individual self and life choices, that have prompted their dissatisfaction with marriage laws, social practices, and norms. The fūfubessei movement, which has been considered as a gender-equality movement, should be viewed from the perspective that individuals have the right to make their own decisions about their lives, including their choice of surname.
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