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Japan's LGBT+ progress outpaces politics

Localities recognize same-sex couples as PM Abe frets over constitution

RURIKA IMAHASHI, Nikkei staff writer | Japan

TOKYO -- For members of Japan's LGBT+ community, this year has been full of changes offering hope of greater progress toward legal equality.

In mid-September, Utsunomiya District Court awarded damages to a woman who split with her female partner over infidelity, granting de facto recognition of their common-law partnership.

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