Sexual minorities are stepping up mutual support for when their partners die and their relationship is not legally recognized.

Two gay men in their 30s, Daisuke and Tsuyoshi, both pseudonyms, were living together in a condominium while running their own businesses. One day Tsuyoshi collapsed while driving and was taken to a hospital.

Daisuke received a phone call from the rescue team as his name was on Tsuyoshi's cellphone log. He was not provided with detailed information on Tsuyoshi's condition because he was not a member of his family. Tsuyoshi subsequently died.