Japanese city becomes the biggest to recognise same-sex relationships
The Japanese city of Sapporo has become the latest to recognise same-sex relationships.
With a population of nearly two million, it will become the largest in the country to issue formal recognition to same-sex couples.
Earlier this year, the city of Iga began the process of issuing certificates to same-sex couples as did the Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo.
Sapporo, located in the north of the country, announced plans that will provide same-sex couples with documents recognising their relationship, providing they swear an oath to each other.
Although the documents will be issued by the local authority they will not be legally binding as the Japanese Government does not recognise same-sex marriage.
It’s believed that the documents should, however, allow for couples to buy family plans on things such as life insurance.
Support for same-sex relationships has been growing steadily in Japan over recent years with a poll last year suggesting the majority of people were now in favour of marriage equality.
Many businesses in country, such as Panasonic, have started to adopt policies to recognise same-sex partners for benefits such as health insurance and pensions.