English article: Same-sex partnership paper issued to sign language instructor

November 5, 2015

Setagaya Ward, Tokyo:

Eight couples in Tokyo were issued with certificates recognizing their same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage on the first day of the long-awaited policy change.

Although the papers are not legally binding, hospitals and businesses such as real estate firms are requested to treat certificate holders in the same way as married couples.

In Setagaya Ward, it was a day of celebration for Yumiko Takashima, 45, and Sachiko Takano, 44, a transgender male sign language instructor. The two have lived together for 17 years.

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