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World: Tokyo pushes ahead with same-sex marriage plan

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The Tokyo Metropolitan government will start a system that effectively allows same-sex marriage in Japan's capital from April next year, the Kyodo news wire reported Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike as saying on Tuesday.

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike attends a talk a show on December 4, 2021 in Tokyo. © Kazuki Oishi/Sipa USA/FILE Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike attends a talk a show on December 4, 2021 in Tokyo.

The local government for the city with a population of 14 million plans to introduce "same-sex partnership" after its local assembly unanimously called for such a move, Kyodo said.


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Some local wards in Tokyo, as well as some other local municipalities, have already introduced a similar plan that officially recognizes same-sex couples. This gives them some of the same rights as married heterosexual couples.

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But critics say LGBTQ couples still face disadvantages in areas such as taxation, even under such partnership arrangements.

A local court in Sapporo in northern Japan ruled in March that same-sex couples not being able to marry is "unconstitutional," the first ruling in the country on the legality of same-sex marriage.

Homosexuality has been legal in Japan since 1880, and the country is relatively liberal compared with some other Asian nations. The only place in Asia to legalize same-sex marriage is Taiwan.

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