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Civil Code clause on paternity denial found constitutional

Jiji Press KOBE (Jiji Press) — The Kobe District Court ruled on Wednesday that a Civil Code provision that gives only husbands the right to disavow their paternity of their wives’ children does not violate the Constitution, which guarantees gender equality.

The court dismissed a claim against the Civil Code provision filed by a woman in her 60s in Hyogo Prefecture, along with her first daughter and two grandchildren. They demanded ¥2.2 million in damages from the state.

Presiding Judge Kazuhiko Tomita said the law provision is reasonable as it represents a compromise between the need for matching biological and legal fathers and ensuring stable paternal relations by determining them promptly.Speech

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