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CDP election pledges to include dual surname system

  • September 13, 2021
  • , Jiji Press , 8:00 p.m.
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Tokyo, Sept. 13 (Jiji Press)–Japan’s main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan intends to include a plan to realize a selective dual surname system for married couples in its campaign pledges for the upcoming general election, CDP leader Yukio Edano said Monday.


The party is also set to include a plan to introduce a law aimed at allowing same-sex marriage, Edano told a press conference.


The CDP can promote policy measures through efforts by all party members, Edano said.


“This is the critical difference from the Liberal Democratic Party, which is unable to make decisions as a party although some of its members show motivation,” he said.


Although some members of the ruling LDP are moving to allow married couples to use difference surnames, conservative members remain cautious about such a system, sources familiar with the situation said.


“Whoever becomes its leader, the LDP will be unable to realize such a dual surname system as the party is dominated by members strongly opposing this,” Edano said, underlining the need for a change of government.


In its campaign pledges for the election for the House of Representatives, the all-important lower chamber of the Diet, the CDP plans to call for creating an equality law designed to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, people.


The current term of Lower House members is due to expire Oct. 21.


The CDP plans to pledge the launch of a human rights institution to tackle all forms of discrimination, including online defamation.


It also plans to include a pledge to drastically review Japan’s immigration control system in the wake of the death of a Sri Lankan woman while in detention at a facility in Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture, central Japan, in March.

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