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GOJ to invite same-sex couples to official receptions

  • November 29, 2017
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All papers wrote that Foreign Minister Kono stated at a Lower House Budget Committee meeting on Tuesday that he has instructed his ministry to invite guests to receptions he will be hosting, including one to celebrate the Emperor’s birthday in December, regardless of whether they are legally married or in a civil union with a same-sex partner. Kono made the remarks in response to a question from an opposition lawmaker, who took up the issue following LDP General Council Chairman Takeshita’s remarks to fellow LDP lawmakers on Nov. 23 that he is opposed to the idea of inviting same-sex partners of state guests to banquets to be hosted by the Emperor and the Empress. Asahi wrote that attention had been focused on how the GOJ will respond to the issue. Prime Minister Abe also made a comment saying that he would like to invite state guests with same-sex partners to banquets he will be hosting.


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