Japan 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.
The city of Osaka recognised two men, one in his 40s and one in his 30s, as foster parents 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 …
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