Japan to Make It Easier to Put Maiden Names on Passports (News)


Tokyo, June 6 (Jiji Press)—The Japanese government decided Tuesday to consider introducing a notification system as early as fiscal 2019 to make it easier for nationals to put both their maiden and married names on their passports.

The government will study cases in other countries to prepare the new system, according to policy papers adopted at a meeting of the Headquarters for Creating a Society in which All Women Shine, headed by Prime Minister Abe Shinzō.

"We'll simplify procedures for the convenience of people who use their original family names in their workplaces," Abe told the meeting.

Under the current system, those hoping to put both names on their passports are required to demonstrate the need to continue using their original family names by citing sufficient reasons, such as for work abroad.

As for the My Number social security and tax identification cards, the government plans to allow the holders to put both names. This measure will be implemented as early as possible after the end of fiscal 2017.

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