By Preeti Jha / BBC News

Source: BBC

Mari Inoue is a 34-year-old English professor in Tokyo. She got engaged to her boyfriend Kotaro Usui three years ago. A wedding, they say, is out of the question.

It’s not the pandemic that is preventing them, but an archaic Japanese law that requires married couples to adopt the same surname.

Theoretically either partner could give up their family name. In practice it is almost always the woman who loses hers: one study found it’s them who change it 96% of the time.

“I find this very unfair,” said Ms Inoue. “We should have the choice (to retain both).”

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