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Over 30% of the 146 local governments in Japan that have introduced a same-sex partnership system as of Jan. 1 have also signed reciprocal agreements with other municipalities to simplify reapplication procedures when LGBTQ couples move, according to a Kyodo News survey.

The move comes amid criticism that the need for such couples to dissolve their partnerships and reapply each time they move causes emotional stress.

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