Osaka City Has Started Issuing Same-sex Partnership Certificates

On July 9th, the city’s first same-sex partnership certificate was given to a same-sex couple. Three couples came to receive the certificates that day. One of the three was the lawyer couple, Lawyer Minami and Lawyer Yoshida. The two signed the written oath of partnership and submitted it to Mayor Yoshimura. Finally, they received the certificate. Along with the certificates, Osaka city now allows same-sex couples to live together in the city-owned apartments. The city is also in the process of making guidelines about same-sex partnerships for local businesses with an aim to better understanding and awareness in the city.
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Saitama City to Start Same-sex Partnership System

2018:07:03 We released the news that support group submitted a petition to 27 local municipalities that asks for recognition of same-sex partnerships the other day. Guess what! Saitama city announced that they will start a same-sex partnership system. On July 3rd, Mayor Shimizu Hayato clearly announced the city’s plan to issue same-sex partnership certificates. The decision was made after the petition submitted by the support group. “We hope we can show our positive attitude that respects sexual diversity in the city,” the mayor said. “We are still in the process of deciding when to start it, but within the first
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Ochanomizu Women’s University to Accept MtF Transgender Students from 2020

2018:07:02 Ochanomizu Women’s University announced that they will accept applications from transgender students who identify as female from 2020. The university will be Japan’s first women university that accepts transgender students. Ochanomizu Women’s University traces its origin to Meiji Era. It was founded as Japan’s first women’s university run by the nation. There are approximately 3000 students studying in the university. Ochanomizu Women’s University has since accepted applications from female students whose family registry is registered as “female.” However, the university is to accept applications from transgender students who identify as female from 2020. According to Ministry of Education, Culture,
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The Surviving Family of a Law School Student Has Reached a Settlement. Lawsuit against Hitotsubashi University Still Remains Unsettled.

2018:06:25 On June 25th, it was reported that the surviving family of a law school student who had committed a suicide after being outed by another student reached a settlement. (The date of the settlement is January 15th.) The law school student aged 25 (Mr. A) threw himself from the university’s building after being exposed as gay by another student(Mr.Z) to a group of 10 peers on messaging app called Line. Mr.A told Mr.Z that he had feelings for Mr.Z in April 2015. At that moment when Mr.A talked about his feelings for Mr.Z, Mr.Z responded “I can’t be your
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Same-sex Partnership Certificates Under Consideration in Nagoya City

2018:06:22 On June 22nd, Nagoya city announced its plan to start issuing same-sex partnership certificates. Mayor Takashi Kawamura showed his positive attitude toward official recognition of same-sex partners in the city council this June. “We shouldn’t tolerate discrimination against same-sex partners. I have already made up my mind to start a same-sex partnership system,” the mayor said in response to the question asked by Councilor Asami Nishiyama regarding whether or not same- sex couples should be allowed to live together in city-owned apartments. According to Chunichi Shimbun, Nagoya city is to conduct a survey on public awareness of sexual minority
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Nagasaki City to Recognize Same-sex Partnership

2018:06:13 On June 13th, Mayor Tomihisa Taue announced the city’s council is to give serious consideration of establishing a same-sex partnership system by the beginning of next April. Councilor Akiko Ikeda asked the mayor to establish a same-sex partnership system in the city and he agreed to it. “Such system is one of the effective ways for individual diversity to be respected. It also helps LGBTQ people live in the city with no barriers,” said the mayor. There are no local municipalities recognizing same-sex partnerships in Nagasaki Prefecture. The city is going to make an introduction plan of the same-
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Support Group Submitted a Petition to 27 Local Municipalities That Asks For Recognition of Same-sex Partnerships.

A support group, consisting of LGBTQs and their allies who ask for recognition of same-sex partnerships, submitted a petition to 27 local municipalities. Those 27 local municipalities include 13 wards in Tokyo such as Shinjuku and Daito Wards and Hachioji City and Mitaka City in Tokyo, Yokohama City in Kanagawa Prefecture, 7 cities in Saitama Prefecture and Abashiri City in Hokkaido. (Please look at the end of this article for more details.) The group prepared the petition early and submitted it to be in time for the upcoming councils that will be held in June. On June 4th, the support
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Kazuyo Katsuma, a Well-Known Critic of Economics, Admitted She is in a Romantic Relationship with Hiroko Masuhara.

When Ms. Katsuma attended her high school’s reunion party in December, 2015, she heard her teacher saying “the woman who received the first same- sex partnership certificate in Shibuya Ward used to go to this school.” After the party, she was looking at her facebook and saw the woman in the picture one of her friends uploaded there. “I know her. She and I went to the same high school,” she left the comment. A few days later, her friend introduced the woman, Ms. Masuhara, to Ms. Katsuma. To Ms. Masuhara, Ms. Katsuma was the person she had looked up
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Nakano Ward to Recognize Same-sex Partnerships from This August.

On May 9th, Nakano Ward, TOKYO, announced its plan to officially recognize same-sex partnerships. “Nakano Ward Partnership Oath” will start from this August. Same-sex couples are also able to apply for the certificates that ensure they decide their own medical treatment and how their property is managed. According to Wataru Ishizaka, an openly gay ward councillor of Nakano Ward, here is the details of “Nakano Partnership Oath.” “Anyone aged 20 or older who lives in Nakano or plans to move to Nakano can apply for the partnership certificates with the submission of a written oath, Voluntary Guardianship Contract and Statement
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Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018 successfully ended, marking a record high of more than 150,000 participants.

20180507 Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2018 was held in Yoyogi Park on May 5th and 6th and ended on a high note. This year’s Tokyo Rainbow Pride was a little different. They could secure more space and set a big gate in front of the entrance of Yoyogi Park. As many as two hundred corporations, NPOs, embassies, and bars etc set their booths.(There has never been more than 200 booths in the history of Tokyo Rainbow Pride.) On 5th, many popular performers, such as Tokyo Gegegay, Himitsunootome(a MtF idol unit),and Kiyotaka (an openly gay singer) came up to the stage and
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