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Change first name 2019/4/13 12:41
My daughter is a half Japanese. She hold a Japanese passport and she would like to change her first name from Kanji to Hiragana in her passport. Is it possible to do so? Thank you
by Nantaporn (guest)  

Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 16:24
Nowhere in my (Japanese) passport is my name written in kanji – it is all written in western alphabets. Which part is your daughter referring to? Her signature?
by AK rate this post as useful

Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 16:57
She probably meant on her koseki, not passport.
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Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 17:06
Ifm sorry. I actually meant hoseki and legal name. Thanks for the correction.
by Nantaporn (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 17:21
*koseki (correct the word)
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Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 20:29
theoretically, it is possible, if she shows strong reasons to a family court and the court accepts the reasons.
but, I think it is practically very hard, in this case.
by ken (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 20:33
The reason can't be just "I'd like to do change it".
If the name is really awful according to common sense, it would be accepted.
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Re: Change first name 2019/4/13 20:36
I see, now I understand and thank you all for your comments.
by Nantaporn (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Change first name 2019/4/14 14:33
I'd like to chime in on the discussion with an anecdote. A one-time student's parents were successful in going through family court in order to change their child's kanji. The reason was "because a fortune teller told us the kanji stroke amount was unlucky, so we wanted to change the kanji to have a lucky number of strokes". The kanji they changed to was, to put it mildly, [i]extremely[/i] difficult to write, and the poor kid didn't want this, but it went through with this reasoning.

Soo.... yeah, it's good to have a good reason to do so. But maybe depending on the judge you get, it might not matter much whether that reason is actually "good" or not!

by Murny (guest) rate this post as useful

Re: Change first name 2019/4/14 20:17
I agree to the other poster. Quite a few people successfully change their first name, especially when they get married and have their family name changed to one that does not match her first name fortune-wise. It's worth a try, especially if everyone else concerned agrees with her idea.
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