Gender and Land Rights Database

Japan

Inheritance/succession de facto practices

- Traditionally, inheritance was based on an established patriarchal system by which the family business and property was passed along male primogeniture line.
However, as the rural family structure changed, traditional inheritance systems have almost disappeared. In 1947, the Civil Code was amended and the legal status of the patriarchal stem family abolished (15).

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