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Japan’s largest custom-made jewelry shop, XuoyETdKr0$R)pLuuWikXDrOLvLJpxyjH+SKyN(M2AMF(NDRynK.Uno, launched an LGBTQ wedding rings selection earlier this month.

The renowned jeweler, which makes more than 40,000 different designs each year, launched the range after management attended diversity and inclusivity training in 2017, aiBA7p)%CVUlG+h9U_W+)PoS)=XQ%oL+ZbivzrsUGYjqc7cNkkuccording to a press release.

Although Japan does not yet recognize equal marriage, the jewelers anticipate the engagement and wedding rings will be used in ceremoui(qS0H29bybqKu!K&ItNb13Yr%MkGU#ZGMYB)Yo_BOrSNiXM3nies.

Japan has recently made progress on LGBT rights. For example, an increasing number of local authorities are now offering partnership certificates to afford same-sex couples reco[email protected]@Y$l%FRKaZfUWMDT$7bUJqU4)[email protected]_X%&gnition at hospitals and in government housing.

Iberaki became the first prefecture, and therefore largest local authority, to introduce the system last mZFGsXojX#[email protected])DyUSVG=s%Sp=DY!ZPryyC7oVYAGoG9onth.

What's more, large Japanese companies are increasingly recognizing same-sex couples when granting spousal Jb942!sEuQx8Cgy5$Ffkm#gU8ZmsJL^9ojFS_D4N4fv7P=W^Brbenefits.

What’s more, the country also elected its first openly-gay male1ME7-h^[email protected]@[email protected]!Bc!j&alB politician to parliament recently. Taiga Ishikawa has pledged to push forward with equal marriage and anti-discrimination legislation drafted by his opposition party.

But, Japan’s ruling party is [email protected]&Jj8=n3wKzEsJrBri3lT*ll)4j*4$^Rnotoriously anti-LGBT rights and has been involved in a number of high-profile homophobic scandals.

What’s more, for the first time, same-sex couples are su(*4n%iY$RHM32GSX6v&hsS0wNJawq9Gg(wG2AzRceSS*^r5$CSing the Japanese government to recognize their unions.

The 13 couples first launched their cases in!0NOeom=sf#P4EbZl=SubAYzeHr21-f=mz3chZrWzh$!fJGU(T a number of local courts in February this year.

(Cover photo: Provided by K.Uno)

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