Tokyo to recognise same-sex unions

Japan is the only G-7 nation yet to legally recognise same-sex partnerships

The metropolitan assembly passed a bill on Wednesday to introduce a same-sex partnership system throughout the Japanese capital. It expands recognition for the LGBTQ community into the only Group of Seven nation that doesn’t afford them the right to enter civil unions.

Tokyo accounts for more 10 per cent of the country’s population of 125 million. From October, couples can apply online for certificates to prove their partnership status.

Although this will allow couples to access services to prove partnership, it is a far cry from full legal marriage.

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