Same sex marriage in Japan
In Japan, same sex marriage is yet to be achieved due to its laws. Some cities in Japan have adopted “partnership system.” Although such partnership is not recognized as legal marriage and the city office cannot issue the couple with a standard marriage certificate, these cities will acknowledge the status of the same sex couple to be as equal as marriage, and will issue an acknowledgement certificate.
Recently, the Sapporo District Court has ruled that the country of Japan not allowing same sex couples to get married is discriminatory, unequal, and hence, illegal. Though the court did not order the country to pay in compensation, this shall be a big step for Japan towards the legalization of same sex marriage, as this is the first time in history that such judgement was rendered by a Japanese court.
At Okinawa Translator, we have received inquiries about same sex marriage in the past. We are looking forward to helping same sex couples in the near future with legal marriage processes.