The Family

The family was so important in Japan that marriages were understood as a contract between families rather than between individuals. The House "consisted of all living lineal ascendants and descendants in a particular family, with the oldest male member commonly in the position of Head of the Ho...

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Published in: Butterfly, the Bride p. 73
Main Author: Carol Weisbrod
Format: Book Chapter
Language: English
Published: University of Michigan Press 09-11-2009
Subjects:
Law
Men
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Summary: The family was so important in Japan that marriages were understood as a contract between families rather than between individuals. The House "consisted of all living lineal ascendants and descendants in a particular family, with the oldest male member commonly in the position of Head of the House."¹ Postmortem divorce derives from this idea, since "marriage is a relationship with the family of the deceased which continues after death."² The House was formally abolished in the 1948 civil code, although we are told that the idea continued to be significant.³ In short, the Japanese legal system both before and after
ISBN: 9780472109210
0472109219
DOI: 10.3998/mpub.15553.8