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1 Mar 2018

Fukuoka Becomes 7th Japanese City to Recognise Same-Sex Partnerships

While there is no national recognition of such unions, Fukuoka will issue documents which will give some rights to LGBT partners. 

Fukuoka, on the southern island of Kyushu, announced it will join six other Japanese cities in recognising gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender partnerships, the Japan Times reported

Authorities will issue documents that will make it easier for Fukuoka’s LGBT residents to rent housing from the city as a couple, or will allow for medical consent to be given by a partner at a city hospital. However, the move does not allow full legal rights. 

The city of more than 1.5 million people joins Sapporo, Naha, Iga, Takarazuka, and the Tokyo wards of Shibuya and Setagaya, which also recognize LGBT partnerships. Shibuya and Setagaya made the move to do so in 2015, laying the groundwork for other areas to follow.

Reader's Comments

1. 2018-03-01 21:53  
how about countries having egocentric law?
Comment edited on 2018-03-01 21:54:53
2. 2018-03-03 18:04  
So it's the 6th city as only 2 regions of Tokyo give out these certificates.

Maybe if people discussed things more openly they wouldn't have to resort to the law in difficult times. The law would change to reflect society quite quickly and readily then.

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