Person Challenges Ban on Sex Change for Those with Minor Child
Amagasaki, Hyogo Pref., Dec. 3 (Jiji Press)--A 52-year-old person in Hyogo Prefecture, western Japan, filed a claim on Tuesday that an existing law provision that blocks those with minor children from changing their sex in the official family registry is unconstitutional.
In the claim, filed with the Amagasaki branch of Kobe Family Court, the person, a contract worker who has an eight-year-old daughter, sought a sex change in the family registry, from male to female.
The individual has already relinquished custody of the girl and had sex reassignment surgery this year.
"It's unreasonable that I can't change my sex (in the family registry) because of my child," the person said at a press conference in the city of Amagasaki after filing the claim.
A provision of the special law on gender identity disorder requires the lack of a minor child as a condition for a change of sex in the family registry.