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Japan Inc. embraces landmark same-sex marriage ruling

Companies say LGBT+ protections would boost competitiveness

Companies in Japan have welcomed a ruling by a district court in Sapporo that failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, believing a legal change would help them attract talent.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Businesses in Japan have welcomed a recent court ruling that the government's failure to recognize same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, saying the decision will help them better serve customers and employees and attract global talent.

In a first for the country, the Sapporo District Court on March 17 ruled that denying marriage equality is contrary to the equality principle enshrined in Article 14 of the constitution.

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