Yoko Kubota “Women's surnames a hot-button topic in Japan poll” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/07/AR2010070701242_pf.html
While fiscal reform including doubling the 5 percent sales tax is the focus of the poll, some parties are wooing support from a conservative base by zeroing in on the name controversy.
The debate heated up after the Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ), which advocates letting married couples keep separate names if they wish, took power last year and fanned expectations that the government would submit a bill to amend the civil code.
Faced with opposition from a coalition ally, the government's plan to submit a bill stalled, and the DPJ omitted the issue from their manifesto.
Both the main opposition Liberal Democratic Party and the DPJ's tiny coalition ally the People's New Party (PNP) said in their campaign platforms they are against letting married couples have separate names, while the Social Democrats support it.
なお、”Japan is the only country in the Group of Eight major industrialized nations that requires married couples to register under the same surname.”
The DPJ is unlikely to win a majority in the election and may need to partner with parties who oppose the change. Even within the DPJ, members are split over the issue.
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