A survey by the Kyodo News agency in Japan showed that a majority of the respondents still do not agree with legalizing same-sex marriage. While this issue has received much attention in other countries, with several countries now acknowledging these kinds of unions, Japanese society hasn’t shown “broad social support” for non-heterosexual relationships, particularly legal unions.
52% of the respondents don’t agree or somewhat disagreed on legalizing these same-sex unions, while almost three quarters said that Japanese society (not themselves in particular) is still not welcome to the idea of sexual minorities. 62% said they are not comfortable or somewhat not comfortable with homosexuality. The survey was conducted for the newspaper by the Japan Association for Public Opinion Research early this month through a direct survey of men and women 20 years and older.
When compared to other countries, Japan ranks very low also when it comes to support of same-sex marriage in a 2013 poll conducted by Reuters among 16 countries. They are only behind Poland at 24%, and when asked if these couples deserve any form of legal recognition, Japan was still the lowest, tied with Hungary at 51%. The country’s constitution states that “marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes”, not recognizing either marriage or civil unions between same-sex partners. Law experts believe that amending this may still be difficult even if the public somehow starts expressing stronger support for it.
[ via Wall Street Journal ]