The Fukuoka Municipal Government on Monday began officially recognizing the partnerships of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples, adding to nationwide efforts to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities. The city is the seventh municipality in the country to issue such certificates after Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward established a similar system in 2015. Fukuoka Mayor Soichiro Takashima handed the first official partnership certificate to a couple at City Hall. “We’ve already spent our lives together as a family but we’re happy (to be recognized) because we feel like we received congratulations from society,” said Anri Ishizaki, a 33-year-old representative of a support group for LGBT people.
April 2 / Japan Times