Japan Ends Ban on Divorcées Remarrying Within 6 Months

The Japanese supreme court on Wednesday overturned a moratorium on the ability of female divorcées to remarry within six months, while upholding a civil code requiring married couples to use the same surname in official documents. Both laws were a source of controversy for women’s rights activists, and date back to the country’s late 18th-century Meiji Era family-dating laws.