13 Feb '11, 3am

4 Japan women are challenging a law that compels almost all females to adopt their husbands' surnames when they marry

4 Japan women are challenging a law that compels almost all females to adopt their husbands' surnames when they marry

This photo taken on Jan 14, 2011 shows Emie Kayama, a plaintiff of a case to use her maiden name after marriage, speaking at an interview with AFP in Tokyo. -- PHOTO: AFP TOKYO - FOUR Japanese women will go to court on Monday to challenge a law that now compels almost all females to drop their maiden names and assume their husbands' surnames when they marry. The group - plus one of their husbands - want a civil code clause from the late 1800s declared unconstitutional and are seeking financial damages for their emotional distress at the Tokyo District Court. The legal action comes after the centre-left government in power since 2009 failed in a push to revise the civil code because of stiff opposition from conservatives, including a minor ruling coalition partner. It is part of a drive for greater gender equality in Japan, where women still face strong social pressure to l...

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