Japanese women still face 100 day wait to remarry

Japanese women still face a 100 day wait before they can remarry following legal changes approved Tuesday by the country’s cabinet, a move condemned as discriminatory by a UN rights group. The approval, from conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s administration on International Women’s Day, came after Japan’s Supreme Court ruled in December that the six-month waiting period for women to remarry after divorce was excessive and should be reduced to 100 days. “The Civil Code still prohibits only women from remarrying within a specified period of time after divorce notwithstanding the decision of the Supreme Court, which shortened the period from 6 months to 100 days,” the CEDAW report said.

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