Tokyo court grants partial victory to same-sex married couple in residency decision

The Tokyo District Court ruled on Friday that denying an American in a same-sex marriage to a Japanese national “designated activities” residency status – already granted to same-sex foreign married couples – violates the constitutional guarantee of equality before the law. .

In what was both a loss and a victory for the plaintiffs, the court ruled that Andrew High was not eligible for long-term resident status, but should be eligible for designated activities status, which could pave the way for other foreign members of same-sex couples to receive the status — though the broader implications of the ruling aren’t immediately clear.

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