Shibuya Ward to begin accepting applications for 'same-sex partnership certificates'

posted on October 4, 2015

Tokyo's Shibuya Ward will start accepting applications later this month for certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships, and aims to issue the first such document in early November.

Specifics of the ward's "partnership certificates" that recognize the same-sex relationships as the equivalent of marriages were presented Oct. 2 at Shibuya ward assembly's general affairs committee.

On March 31, Shibuya Ward became the first local government to adopt an ordinance establishing the system to protect the rights of sexual minorities against discrimination.

According to the rules and ward officials, same-sex couples must be aged 20 or older and living in the ward to be eligible for the certificates.

Couples will be obliged to visit the ward office together with two types of notarial deeds to show they are each other's guardians and in a trusting relationship.

It will take around a week to issue a certificate, for a nominal fee of 300 yen ($2.50).

source by newsonjapan
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