Japan province to recognise same-sex partnerships

The Fukuoka province of Japan is set to introduce a new system to officially recognise same sex couples as partners. While this will not accord to them the status of a married couple, the new framework will enable same-sex couples to receive a “receipt,” which may be used when couples rent city-run housing or undergo medical treatment requiring the consent of a family member at city hospitals. If introduced, this system will make Fukuoka the second government-designated major city after Sapporo, and the second municipality after Naha, to recognise same sex partnerships.

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