Japanese city recognized gay fostering

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Participants in fancy dress march during the Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2015 parade in Tokyo on April 26, 2015. About 3,000 people took part in the annual gay parade, amid growing calls for more legal protection for the sexual minority. AFP PHOTO / Toru YAMANAKA (Photo credit should read TORU YAMANAKA/AFP/Getty Images)

Japanese same-sex couple is to be recognized as foster carers for the first time in country’s history. The gay couple in Osaka, who are in their 40s and 30s, has now officially fostered a teenage boy living with them for over 2 months. They are happy about it and promise to provide all the necessary comfort to their foster son. The partners originally registered their intent to foster a child in autumn 2015 and had to undergo a series of lectures and training and other scrutiny by authorities, including social welfare tests. The Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare confirmed that there was “no precedent” for a same-sex couple being certified as foster parents. Same-sex fostering is not banned in Japan, but simply does not happen – until now. The latest government data indicated 3,704 foster parent households nationwide, with the vast majority being straight married couples, and the rest made up by single parents.

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