Tokyo ward becomes first in Japan to recognize gay partnerships

Shibuya will issue certificates recognizing gay unions as ‘equal to marriage’. Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first locale in Japan to recognize gay couples, a major step forward for LGBTI rights in the conservative country. The district assembly Tuesday (31 March) voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing certificates recognizing same-sex unions as ‘equivalent to


Second Tokyo district to recognize gay relationships

A second district in Tokyo has announced that it will recognize same-sex relationships. For the first time in Japan, a district of Tokyo last week announced plans to recognize gay couples’ relationships through “partnerships” certificates. The certificates will be issued by the Shibuya district, which hosts many international companies, and is regarded as a business hub.