Tokyo same-sex partner plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights.

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01/10/2022

Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike’s recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much more work needs to be done to reach true equality in Japan. Currently, 12 of the 62 municipalities in Tokyo have introduced a same-sex partnership system, but Koike’s announcement for the whole metropolitan area means that more than half of Japan’s total population could now be covered by such a system. Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward became the first to introduce a same-sex partnership certificate program in 2015. As of January this year, a total of 147 municipalities across Japan have introduced similar systems, according to activist group Marriage For All Japan.

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