Those couples who could not obtain permission had to elope and stay in common law marriage.
The purpose of Article 23 of the new constitution was to assert freedom of consenting adults to marry, and to explicitly establish the equality of both sexes in marriage.
It is an issue that concerns the very core of family values and, I believe, one that requires extremely careful consideration.
In Japan, each citizen is registered through the koseki system whereby an individual is registered as a part of household (while in the West, a birth certificate can act as a proof of identity).
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Japan does not allow same-sex marriage domestically and has so far also refused to issue a key document required for citizens to wed overseas if the applicant's intended spouse is of the same legal sex.
Under the change, the Ministry of Justice instructed local authorities to issue the key certificate—which states a person is single and of legal age—for those who want to have a same-sex marriages.
Article 24 of the Japanese constitution states: "Marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis." Previous to the current constitution, a couple in Japan could marry only if their respective head of household (the father, or in the absence of a father, the eldest son) consented to the union.
As a result, arranged marriage was the dominant form of marriage.
On 22 February 2016, Naha, the capital of Okinawa Prefecture, announced it would begin issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples on 8 July 2016, making it the first core city in Japan to recognize same-sex couples.
In April 2016, a LGBT rights group began a campaign for the official recognition of same-sex couples in Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Prefecture.
Most polls conducted since 2013 find that a slight majority of Japanese people support the legalization of same-sex marriage or partnerships.