Ibaraki Pref. to Certify LGBT Couples as Partners

Politics Lifestyle

Mito, Ibaraki Pref., Jan. 31 (Jiji Press)--The government of Ibaraki Prefecture, eastern Japan, is considering introducing a system for LGBT, or lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, couples to be treated in the same way as married couples, it has been learned.

The prefecture will submit a bill to amend a related ordinance to the Ibaraki prefectural assembly in March, hoping to launch the certification system in April at the earliest, sources familiar with the matter said.

Ibaraki will be the first Japanese prefecture to introduce a system to certify LGBT couples as partners, according to the sources.

In the nation, municipalities including Setagaya Ward in Tokyo and the southwestern city of Fukuoka have adopted such a system.

In order to be certified under the amended Ibaraki government ordinance, LGBT couples would need to meet certain conditions, such as living or planning to live in the prefecture, according to the sources.

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