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Japanese last name

Discussion in 'Japan Discussion' started by Muz1234, May 8, 2020.

  1. Muz1234

    Muz1234 Active Member

    Are Japanese last name same from a heritage to another heritage? If a Japanese women surname example name Hamasaki marries a man with surname Tanaka, does it mean the women has to change her surname to Tanaka? What about if a foreigner marries a Japanese, does the women surname has to change to the husband's surname?
  2. Jackdee

    Jackdee Active Member

    It’s the same as everywhere in the world. They can if they want . They don’t have to though
  3. barba

    barba we all make mistakes

    and don't forget. the japanese say the last name first and the first name last. so what westerners call the first name is actually the last name. and vice versa.
  4. NordicWide

    NordicWide Well-Known Member

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  5. hairy_bush

    hairy_bush SLF Refugee

    nordic is correct women must take the family name of their husband, but there is only one exception and that's if hubby is a foreigner.

    Like in my case, wife is Japanese and she works in an ultra-conservative company, so she kept her last name. Having a foreign last name in her company would have caused confusion with co-workers and customers.. and other headaches

    I guess if my wife worked at a mega international company, then it would be cool to have a foreign last name
  6. Jackdee

    Jackdee Active Member

    You live and learn..
    My wife (Japanese) took my name and we both regret it as we live in japan.

    I guess it’s still pretty common for men to change their name to their wives name. I know a handful of Japanese men and a few foreigners who have done that.
  7. petey22

    petey22 New Member

    Actually, you and nordic are incorrect. As the linked article says, "a Civil Code provision that requires one partner of a married couple, which in practice is nearly always the female partner, to change his/her surname to that of the other partner"

    The law was deemed constitutional because it is not sexist, because it specifically says that both partners must have the same name. That means one of them must change their name, not that "the woman must change", although as the underlined portion says, it is "nearly always" the woman who changes.

    Some Japanese men do take the name of their wife though. Granted, it is rare and usually limited to situations such as the wife having no brothers to inherit the family business, so the newlyweds keep the wife's family name (with the intention of inheriting the business in the future).