Japan court ruling: The women fighting to keep their surnames
Japan's Supreme Court is due to rule on two 19th century family laws which critics say are sexist and out-of-date.
One bans women from marrying for six months after divorce, the other forces married couples to have the same surname.
The laws are also linked to a rule that children born within that six months are considered to be the former husband's.
The case was brought by three individual women and one couple in a civil partnership, who argue that the law is unconstitutional and discriminatory.
Two lower courts have already ruled against them and public opinion on the questions is split.
16 Dec 2015