Tokyo to Recognize Same-Sex Partnerships Starting in 2022

The Tokyo Metropolitan government officials announced Tuesday plans to introduce a same-sex partnerships system starting in April of 2022.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the proposal would recognize same-sex relationships without giving the couples full legal status.

“From the point of view of advancing understanding of sexual diversity, as well as reducing the problems faced by those involved, we will lay out basic principles for introducing a same-sex partnership system in the current fiscal year,” Koike said.

Some other local municipalities have already introduced a similar plan, officially recognizing same-sex couples, which gave them some rights as married heterosexual couples.

Tokyo’s move came after a local court in Sapporo, northern Japan, ruled in March that the lack of legal recognition for same-sex marriage violates the Constitution. 

According to Human Rights Campaign, Chile, this week, became the latest addition to the 30 countries that have introduced same-sex marriage rights.

In Asia, Taiwan was the only country that legalized same-sex marriage.

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