Tokyo to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships From November

  • Official certificates will serve as proof of partnership
  • Same-sex couples still legally unable to get married in Japan

Same-sex couples in the country’s most populous area would be able to get certificates to prove their partnership status, which they would be able to use when applying for government and private-sector services, according to a draft of the plan posted on the Tokyo government’s website.

The Japanese public largely supports same-sex marriage, with a poll conducted by the Asahi newspaper last March showing 65% in favor, but the conservative Liberal Democratic Party, which has held power for most of the last seven decades, has yet to make concrete progress on the issue.

To be eligible for Tokyo’s partnerships, both people need to be at least 18 years old, with at least one of them residing, working or attending school in the capital, according to the draft. Foreign nationals can also apply as long as they meet that criteria.

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