A new poll has shown that the majority of Japanese people support a change in the law for marriage equality.
This poll was conducted by the National Institute of Population and Social Security Research, alongside various universities, and it showed that 51% of people polled would support a change in the countries’ laws for same-sex marriage.
Unsurprisingly, support for same-sex marriage was much higher among younger people, with over 70% of 20-40’s year olds backing the move.
One of the things the poll found does seem a little at odds with the 51% statistic, as 72% of poll respondents said they’d be “reluctant to accept the fact their child is gay.”
Apparently, the size of the sample polled was 1,259.
We have begun seeing change in Japan, which two wards in Tokyo beginning to issue marriage certificates to same-sex couples. These certificates allow LGBT couples access to family housing in ward run residential property, as well as allowing family only hospital visits for partners and other legal rights.
At the moment, these marriages are not recognised outside the participating wards, it is still a positive step towards change.