Gay partnership system planned in Tokyo to cover out-of-town commuters

The same-sex partnership system planned by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government will not only cover residents of Tokyo, but also people traveling to workplaces or schools in the capital from other prefectures, it said on Monday. informed sources.

Furthermore, the Tokyo system, in addition to recognizing same-sex couples, will recognize relationships with their children and allow applicants to undertake related procedures online to protect privacy and improve convenience, according to the sources.

Such agreements are rare for same-sex partnership systems introduced by local governments in Japan and the first among prefectural governments, the sources said.

Same-sex partnership systems allow sexual minority couples to be recognized as equivalent to married couples and to obtain certificates, making them eligible for things such as moving into family-use housing and consent to their partner’s medical procedures.

In 2015, Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya wards became the first municipalities in the country to introduce such systems.

As of January this year, 142 municipalities and the prefectures of Ibaraki, Gunma, Mie, Osaka and Saga had same-sex partnership systems, according to a joint survey by Shibuya Ward and Nijiiro Diversity, an Osaka-based nonprofit organization.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government aims to roll out its same-sex partnership system in fiscal year 2022, which begins in April. He plans to introduce the system through a revision of a human rights observance ordinance, with a draft revision to be submitted to a regular session of the metropolitan assembly in June at the earliest.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said the new system will hopefully help ease the concerns of sexual minorities and promote public understanding of sexual diversity.

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