The man had been suing the Government over the denial of special permission to reside in Japan. He has now decided to withdraw the suit.
Last week, the ministry’s Immigration Bureau granted the man a one-year resident visa after the Tokyo District Court suggested that it review the order, his lawyers revealed Friday. Japan does not have a specific visa status for LGBT foreign nationals in relationships with Japanese people.
It is hoped that this positive development represents a potential move towards recognising same-sex relationships.
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