Report: Japan considers letting women remarry sooner after divorce

Japan is considering changing a century-old law that prohibits women from remarrying for six months after a divorce, local media reported Friday.

The Justice Ministry is seeking to ease the restrictions following a recent court ruling that concluded the six-month ban is unconstitutional, Kyodo News agency reported, citing unnamed ministry officials.

Under the planned revision, the ministry is considering shortening the period of the ban to 100 days from the current 180 days, Kyodo said. But if women provide a doctor's certificate proving that they were not pregnant at the time of their divorce, they will be exempt.

The ministry is expected to submit legislation to revise the Civil Code during the current parliamentary session.

The move comes after the Supreme Court ruled in December that the six-month remarriage ban is an "excessive restriction" against the freedom of marriage.

Last update: Fri, 19/02/2016 - 11:59

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