Leave it to video game companies to step up when the Japanese government won't.

In a recent update on Nintendo's corporate social responsibility site, the Kyoto-based game maker announced it had implemented a new initiative to create a work culture that supports and empowers all its employees. To do this, Nintendo introduced what it has dubbed the "Partnership System."

"Although same-sex marriages are not currently recognized under Japanese law, this system ensures employees who are in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner have the same benefits as employees in an opposite-sex marriage," the company explained of the system that has been in place since March 2021.