An openly gay assemblyman from Japanese Aichi Prefecture and his Taiwanese partner, having just registered their union in Taiwan, called on Japan to swiftly legalize same-sex marriage to ensure equality for sexual minorities.
Takahama city assembly member Masahiro Shibaguchi, 53, of the Japanese Communist Party, and his spouse Ariel Ling-chun Liu, 38, who also lives in Japan, traveled to Taiwan to register their marriage in Taipei City's Datong District.
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, who heads the party, remains cautious about legalizing same-sex marriage in Japan and has called for further debate, saying doing so "could extensively change society as it concerns the lives of the people."
It's time Japan!!!