The law in Japan is that a divorced woman needs to wait 6 months before she can remarry. Following a supreme court ruling last December ,the government has now submitted a revised law that reduces this waiting period to 100 days. Furthermore, women who have medical proof they are not pregnant will supposedly be allowed to remarry immediately.
Married couples in Japan are also required to have only one family name. It can be either the husband’s or the wife’s, but in practice this forces women to adopt their husbands’ surnames. In this male-dominated society, very few men volunteer to take the wife’s maiden name. Unlike the remarriage waiting period law, the supreme court upheld this practice.
These arcane laws date back to the Meiji period (19th century), when Japan was mainly a feudal society ruled exclusively by men. The Americans reformed many Japanese laws during their occupation of Japan following WWII, but the remarriage and surname laws survived these reforms.
These laws caught my eye because of their similarity to Jewish law. The surname law is pretty common and is not unique to Judaism. But the “cooling off period” is, I believe, a unique Jewish law. Divorced women (and widows) are not permitted to remarry for 3 months. This is in order to remove any doubts with regards to paternity. In the old days it was not possible to determine pregnancy in early stages, and 3 months were considered a long enough period for the woman to know whether she’s with child.
How about that? 100 days vs. 3 months. Almost identical! I guess this is yet more “proof” of the theories that the Japanese are in fact descendants of the lost tribes of Israel.