Over 40% of Japanese Support Dual Surnames (News)


Tokyo, Feb. 10 (Jiji Press)—Over 40% of Japanese people support a proposed law change to allow married couples to use separate surnames, a Cabinet Office survey released Saturday showed.

The proportion of respondents who said they have no problem with the law revision stood at 42.5%, up 7.0 points from the previous 2012 survey.

The share of respondents who opposed the law change declined 7.1 points to 29.3%.

The interview-based survey, conducted between November and December, covered 5,000 people aged 18 or older. Valid responses were given from 59.0%.

Beginning with the latest survey, respondents aged 18 and 19 were included. Previously, people aged 20 or older were covered.

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