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Hokkaido Sued over Same-Sex Couple's Benefits

Hokkaido Sued over Same-Sex Couple's Benefits

   Sapporo, June 9 (Jiji Press)--A resident of Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan, who is in a same-sex relationship, filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking damages over the prefectural government's failure to provide spousal benefits to the couple in de facto marriage.
   The suit filed against the Hokkaido prefectural government and a mutual aid association for prefectural government workers claims that the failure violates the constitutional guarantee of equality under the law.
   In the suit filed with Sapporo District Court, Kaoru Sasaki, a 51-year-old former prefectural government employee, demanded 4.83 million yen in damages.
   This is the first lawsuit filed by a same-sex couple in Japan over spousal and other benefits, according to lawyers for Sasaki.
   In 2018-2019, Sasaki asked the prefectural government to provide spousal benefits while requesting that the mutual aid association give the couple legal recognition. But they rejected the demands, saying Sasaki has a same-sex partner.

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