Tokyo governor plans to introduce de facto same-sex marriage next year – Kyodo – .

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Tokyo governor plans to introduce de facto same-sex marriage next year – Kyodo – .


Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike attends a press conference, amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at the Foreign Correspondents’ Club of Japan, in Tokyo, Japan on November 24, 2020. REUTERS / Issei Kato

TOKYO, Dec. 7 (Reuters) – The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will launch a system that will effectively allow same-sex marriage in the capital of Japan during the next fiscal year starting in April, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said on Tuesday, according to the Japanese Kyodo newsfeed.

The local government in the city of 14 million is considering introducing a “same-sex partnership” after its local assembly unanimously called for such a move, Kyodo said.

Some local neighborhoods in Tokyo as well as other local municipalities have already introduced a similar plan that officially recognizes same-sex couples.

But critics say LGBT couples are still at a disadvantage in areas such as taxation, even under such partnership agreements.

A local court in Sapporo, northern Japan, ruled in March that same-sex couples who cannot marry were “unconstitutional,” the first ruling in Japan on the legality of same-sex marriage. Read more

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Reporting by Hideyuki Sano; Editing by Mark Porter

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