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Birth registration and the right to have rights: the changing family and unchanging Koseki

Chapter


Abstract


  • The major system for the identification of individuals in modem Japanese

    society is the koseki (family registration) system. This can be contrasted with

    Anglophone countries where the basic document of identification is the individual

    birth certificate, which lists date and place of birth and the names of parents (if

    known): and with separate documents to certify marriage, divorce or death.

    In Japan, on birth, each individual is listed in a family register which sets out

    the relarionship between family members, and records births. deaths, marriages,

    divorces and adoptions. The koseki is based on a particular view of the family,

    centered on a heterosexual couple with children, and placing importance on

    birth order. The koseki system can also, however. accommodate some other

    ways of making families such as adoption. The current system assumes a two-generation

    nuclear family of two parents and children, unlike the pre-1945

    system which assumed a stem family with a patriachal head who passed on

    property and authoriry according to rules of patrilineality and primogeniture.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. (2014). Birth registration and the right to have rights: the changing family and unchanging Koseki. In D. Chapman & K. Krogness (Eds.), Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation (pp. 203-220). United States: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415705448/

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415705448

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84920816144

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1647

Book Title


  • Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 203

End Page


  • 220

Place Of Publication


  • United States

Abstract


  • The major system for the identification of individuals in modem Japanese

    society is the koseki (family registration) system. This can be contrasted with

    Anglophone countries where the basic document of identification is the individual

    birth certificate, which lists date and place of birth and the names of parents (if

    known): and with separate documents to certify marriage, divorce or death.

    In Japan, on birth, each individual is listed in a family register which sets out

    the relarionship between family members, and records births. deaths, marriages,

    divorces and adoptions. The koseki is based on a particular view of the family,

    centered on a heterosexual couple with children, and placing importance on

    birth order. The koseki system can also, however. accommodate some other

    ways of making families such as adoption. The current system assumes a two-generation

    nuclear family of two parents and children, unlike the pre-1945

    system which assumed a stem family with a patriachal head who passed on

    property and authoriry according to rules of patrilineality and primogeniture.

Publication Date


  • 2014

Citation


  • Mackie, V. C. (2014). Birth registration and the right to have rights: the changing family and unchanging Koseki. In D. Chapman & K. Krogness (Eds.), Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation (pp. 203-220). United States: Routledge. http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415705448/

International Standard Book Number (isbn) 13


  • 9780415705448

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-84920816144

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/lhapapers/1647

Book Title


  • Japan’s Household Registration System and Citizenship: Koseki, Identification and Documentation

Has Global Citation Frequency


Start Page


  • 203

End Page


  • 220

Place Of Publication


  • United States