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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

The Tokyo metropolitan government will recognize same-sex partnerships from November, a move that comes amid growing calls in Japan for equality for sexual minorities, who remain legally unable to get married.

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.