Marriage in Japan is a legal and social institution at the center of the household ie. Couples are legally married once they have made the change in status on their family registration sheets , without the need for a ceremony. Most weddings are held either according to Shinto traditions or in chapels according to Christian marriage traditions. Traditionally, marriages in Japan were categorized into two types according to the method of finding a partner— omiai , meaning arranged or resulting from an arranged introduction, and ren'ai , in which the husband and wife met and decided to marry on their own—although the distinction has grown less meaningful over postwar decades as Western ideas of love have altered Japanese perceptions of marriage. The institution of marriage in Japan has changed radically over the last millennium.
To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. A growing number of Japanese prefectural high schools are relaxing or scrapping gender codes for uniforms to meet the needs of transgender and other sexual-minority students, with around a third of prefectures taking such steps in response to an Education Ministry request five years ago. To win broad acceptance, meanwhile, many are pitching the changes as a move that benefits students as a whole by increasing flexibility for the sake of comfort and convenience. Some schools in the 28 other prefectures have followed suit, although definitive data is not available from their education boards. Nevertheless, inquiries found that school uniform choices will be expanded nationwide to all prefectural high schools starting next spring.