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Apr 8 '13 at 6:18 comment added Dono I have nothing to correct in your answer.
Apr 8 '13 at 4:45 comment added ssb @Dono That is interesting, I wasn't aware that readings could be changed so easily. But just to be sure you weren't correcting anything in my answer, right?
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Apr 8 '13 at 2:59 comment added Dono It is a little more complicated than this. A Japanese citizens name is recorded on their 戸籍 (family register). The 戸籍 only records a name, not how it should be read. This name cannot be changed without permission from a court. The reading of that name, on the other hand, is defined on a 住民票. There are little to no restrictions on this reading, and one may change it at will at their local 区役所; it takes less than 15 minutes of time. In the above case, they could even give the name 月 the reading むうん or ムーン if so desired.
Apr 8 '13 at 2:40 history answered ssb CC BY-SA 3.0