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2018年02月

Documentation of foreign same-sex partners' visa issues in Japan

Documentation Project

“Resident Status Issues facing International Same-sex Couples in Japan”

                                                                                             January 2018
                                                                                             Partnership Law Japan &
                                                                                             Supporters of the Taiwanese’ court case

 

I. Objectives and Background

Partnership Law Japan has been lobbying the Japanese Government to establish legal recognition and protection for same-sex couples/partners since its establishment in 2010.

A Taiwanese man, who had lived together with his same-sex Japanese partner for over 20 years, appealed to the court last year to nullify the deportation ruling against him which was issued for over-staying his visa.  This court case is the first one to question the constitutionality of the current Japanese policy and its lack of any legal protection for same-sex couples. It is a landmark case for the history of LGBT rights in Japan and its influence is sure to be felt in many areas.

Prompted by this court case, Partnership Law Japan held a symposium on Dec. 10, 2017. The symposium featured the personal struggles of many international same-sex couples who are currently suffering due to the government’s lack of recognition for same-sex couples with regards to visa applications. Their stories further underlined the urgent need to change current policy.

This project has been developed to document the visa struggles faced by international same-sex couples, as well as to examine what other difficulties international same-sex couples face in their daily lives. We aim to examine and document not only currently active issues, but also potential problems these couples may face.  The documents created will be used for the two objectives outlined below and to help make the government realize that a non-negligible number of international couples suffer from this issue. We also hope that these stories will let the government realize that these couples live as families – just like opposite-sex couples

Submissions will be used for:
1) to be submitted to the court case as reference material

2) to be submitted to the Japanese Diet members and/or to the government officials, likely from Ministry of Justice and/or the Immigration Bureau

We hope that a large number of international same-sex couples living in Japan will work with us towards these objectives and help us by documenting their lives and difficulties. We kindly ask interested couples to provide information in accordance with the requirements listed in the next section.  This will be the first step to further improve the situation for same-sex couples in Japan.

Enquiries:          info@partnershiplawjapan.org

Deadline (Let us know if difficult):    Sunday, February 18th, 2018

E-mail address for document submission:  international@partnershiplawjapan.org

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告知   2018/02/03   事務局