By Fujino Takaaki
Same-sex couples are seeking improvement in the national census, saying that not counting them as spouses is inconsistent with the objectives of census taking. On June 9, a related group and the Kunitachi mayor held a press conference and called on other municipalities to join them in seeking redress from the central government.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC), it counts opposite-sex couples as spouses even though they are not officially married but counts same-sex couples as “other relatives” instead of spouses.
Ikeda Hiroshi of “Same-Sex Partnership Net Japan” said in the press conference, “How can the national census serve as a foundation for policies (if it ignores some of the public)?” Kunitachi Mayor Nagami Kazuo said, “We need statistics to understand how many same-sex couples there are and what kind of problems they face.” (Abridged)