Japan issues first same-sex Partner Certificate

By Chase WadeNovember 5, 2015


Japanese couple Koyuki Higashi (L) and Hiroko Masuhara (R) celebrate as hold up their same-sex marriage certificate in front of Shibuya's Hachiko statue on November 5, 2015 in Tokyo, Japan Christopher Jue/Getty Images

Meet Koyuki Higashi and Hiroko Masuhara, Japan's first same-sex couple legally issued a Partner Certificate. While the certificate still doesn't offer the same legal protections a heterosexual marriage is given, it's a huge step for ultra-conservative Japan.