I think we should allow couples to have separate surnames.

Under the current law, people whose surnames have changed by registering marriage have to change their registered names of all kinds such as bank accounts and passports.

If we take into account the labor of the staff who is involved in the registration process, this work should be eliminated.

Since a considerable amount of labor is necessary to change the names of the couples who have already changed their surnames, I think the first step is to introduce a system that allows couples to have separate surnames only if they wish so.



I think we should not pass a law that allows couples to have different surnames at this moment.

A government poll shows that more than half of the people above 70 disagree with the change of law.

In such a case, the couples who have decided to use different surnames may face strong criticism from either their own parents or their in-laws, and it can get in the way of their marriage.

In addition, as for couples who have children, they might have different opinions about whether they keep their surnames. In fact, a poll shows that half of the people who have children believe that “parents should use the same surname.”



It’s true choosing the surnames for children and receiving approval from couples’ parents may be the biggest obstacles they may encounter.

About the children’s name, we can avoid the trouble by explaining to their children the system which allows the couples to have different surnames from the start and let the children use the same name from beginning to end.

If children are going to use wife’s surname, the opposition from the husbands’ family is expected and so, I think the law should require parents’ approval in advance when the couples get married.

I guess no matter how sophisticated the system is, there must be parents who complain when their grand child is born, but I think I won’t get along well with the people who are pedantic about their surnames and family line anyway.



Recently, many people use their registered surname and their common name depending on the situation.

From this, we can see that the act of using a common name is widely accepted in our society and thus, the change of system doesn’t seem like an urgent matter.

Taking into account the need to discuss the children’s surnames, the introduction of the systems of separate surnames will take time.

I think it’s more constructive to use our energy for more urgent matters such as financial aid to the poor and environmental problems.



As long as the right to have a separate surname is optional, I think the introduction of the new system helps couples remove some obstacles of marriage.

For example, If I find my true love and want to marry her and both parents wish to have different surnames, I’d like to choose it.

On the other hand, if given a choice, some couples may argue about it, thus, it might be difficult to decide whether this system works well in the society as a whole.

If so, changing the current system seems unnecessary, but I think elimination of the registration process which I pointed out at the beginning of this debate has great merit.



Since the system of surnames is a Japanese tradition, we should be careful about destroying it without much consideration as long as there are people who want to protect it.

The trend towards reduction and elimination of wedding ceremony and the disappearing “Yuinou”, a custom characterized by an exchange of presents between the couples’ families, indicates various traditions of marriage have been disappearing.

This may not come as no surprise if we take account of the widening gap between the rich and the poor and the ensuing decline in household income.

On the other hand, the system of surnames has no direct relationship with financial problems, and so it takes time until the system becomes popular.

As I mentioned earlier, changing the law at this point can create a rift between family members.

If we stick to the current system for the time being, and in return, can avoid a great number of troubles in the family, I think it’s worth the effort.