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Japan’s top housing website now helps LGBT people find a home

Joseph McCormick February 21, 2017

The top housing information website in Japan has begun catering to the LGBT+ community to help them find homes.

The site, Suumo, aggregates properties from various sources onto one database.

It has now launched a search function to help LGBT+ people find accommodation suiting their needs.

RocketNews24 reports that the option means LGBT+ people will only be shown properties owned by accepting landlords.

A spokesperson from the site’s parent company Sumai Company, said the new feature aims to make things easier for LGBT+ people and to make their lives easier.

“There are present conditions where LGBT people are struggling to find property, feeling restricted on living together with their partner in rental houses or refusing to move in themselves. I would like to introduce the owner’s property and support the search for properties.”

This is the latest in a number of small steps taken in Japan towards a more accepting attitude towards LGBT+ people.

The Japanese city of Sapporo late in 2016 become the latest to recognise same-sex relationships.

Earlier in the year, the city of Iga began the process of issuing certificates to same-sex couples as did the Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo.

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.

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