Sapporo to Recognise LGBT+ Couples

Japan Pride at Sapporo
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Sapporo, Japan’s fourth most populous city, has unveiled draft rules to recognise partnerships between LGBT+ people. This includes same-sex and trans couples.

In a similar way to New Zealand’s civil union, couples would take a ‘partnership vow’ and the city government would recognise the two people as a legal couple, allowing them to access life insurance and qualify for family discounts.

Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward was the first place in Japan to recognise same-sex partnerships, but Sapporo will be the country’s first major city.

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The draft rules will recognise a partnership if “either or both sides are sexual minorities who recognise each other as a life partner and promise to cooperate with each other economically, physically and mentally in their daily life”.

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