Equal Marriage Alliance Japan has reported that over 10 million people live in municipalities that currently allow or are set to allow same-sex partnership.
Since 2015, partnership systems, or non-legally-binding systems recognizing same-sex couples, have been gaining popularity across Japan. Beginning in November 2015 with Tokyo’s Shibuya and Setagaya Wards, partnership systems have been established in nine municipalities across Japan, and an additional four municipalities have expressed their intention to implement their own systems in 2019.
— EMA日本 (@emajapan2013) November 29, 2018
Municipalities Which Recognize Same-Sex Partnership
|Municipality Name||Start Date||Population|
|Tokyo, Shibuya Ward||2015.11.5||222,000|
|Tokyo, Setagaya Ward||2015.11.5||891,000|
|Mie Prefecture, Iga City||2016.4.1||95,000|
|Hyogo Prefecture, Takarazuka City||2016.6.1||225,000|
|Okinawa Prefecture, Naha City||2016.7.8||319,000|
|Hokkaido Prefecture, Sapporo City||2017.6.1||1,952,000|
|Fukuoka Prefecture, Fukuoka City||2018.4.1||1,567,000|
|Osaka, Osaka City||2018.6.27||2,691,000|
|Tokyo, Nakano Ward||2018.8.20||323,000|
|Tokyo, Toshima Ward||2019.4.1 (planned)||298,000|
|Chiba Prefecture, Chiba City||2019.4.1 (planned)||972,000|
|Tokyo, Fuchu City||2019.4.1 (planned)||260,000|
|Kanazawa Prefecture, Yokosuka City||undecided||407,000|
※Note: Some municipalities allow anyone (i.e. legally opposite-sex couples) to use the system as well.