Osaka Gay Couple Become First Official Same-Sex Foster Parents in Japan
Osaka city has officially recognised a same-sex couple as foster parents, marking a first for the country and signalling a growing recognition of LGBTQ rights in Japan.
Unlike many other developed nations, Japan has been accused of having conservative attitudes to LGBT issues. But officials in the city of Osaka recognized the wishes of a man in his 30s and a man in his 40s to foster a teenage boy on Wednesday.
A teenage boy has been living under their care since February.
“I am happy we became foster parents [and recognised] as a single household, not just as individuals,” the older of the two men told The Japan Times, who added that the boy was now “living a comfortable life.”
The couple were certified as foster parents after the city determined that they “understood the foster care system and had the financial wherewithal to raise a child.”
The couple had submitted their request to be recognised as foster parents in late 2015. They had to undergo lectures, training, scrutiny and a screening by the city’s social welfare panel before they were certified.
The legal recognition comes amid what appears to be a society warming toward recognising the rights of LGBTQ people in the country.
According to LGBT website Equaldex while homosexuality is legal in Japan, same-sex marriage is not recognised. One survey on its pages suggest 42% of Japanese people support, or somewhat support gay marriage.
This is great news. Hopefully it will help increase the number of foster homes in Japan. Only around 5000 kids in foster care for the whole of freaking Japan ( They’re 127,3 millions). The culture emphasizes blood relations, so adoption and fostering are not very common.