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The city of Iga in Mie Prefecture is set to start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships as being equivalent to marriage from next April to address discrimination against sexual minorities, Iga Mayor Sakae Okamoto said Friday.

The city will follow Shibuya and Setagaya wards in Tokyo, which became Japan’s first and second local governments to introduce the certificate system in November. As of Friday, a total of 16 same-sex couples have received papers from the two wards.

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