Nintendo Japan recognizes same-sex marriage, despite Japanese law

Nintendo Japan has updated corporate social responsibility information on its website to recognize same-sex marriage, even though it is prohibited by Japanese law.

A new section called Introducing a partnership system notes that as of March 2021, employees in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner have the same benefits as employees in a heterosexual marriage.

“We have also established that a de facto marriage between couples will be observed in the same way as a legal marriage,” it read.

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“At Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan), we want to create a work environment that supports and empowers each of our unique employees.”

The statement continued, “Along with the introduction of the partnership system in Japan, we educated our employees on the issue of gender diversity with a message from our president as a way to raise their awareness of what diversity means. message, the President called on all employees to adopt a renewed understanding that even words and actions, which are not intended to harm, can cause significant emotional pain, asking for understanding and support to create an environment in which everyone can work comfortably.

“By improving our company’s systems and providing training, we will continue our work to create an environment where each of our many diverse employees can fully realize their talents.”

This change is despite the fact that same-sex marriages are not recognized by Japanese law.

A court last month upheld the ban on same-sex marriage in a trial in Osaka District Court, ruling that under the constitution the definition of marriage does not extend to partnerships homosexuals.

Transgender people must also be surgically sterilized under Japanese law if they want legal recognition of their gender identity, but Nintendo’s message promotes gender diversity instead.

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