The Tokyo Metropolitan Government said it plans to introduce a system that recognizes partnerships involving sexual minorities from November as it unveiled a new draft proposal on Tuesday.

In order to enact the policy in November, a draft amendment to the existing ordinance on human rights that includes references to the partnership system will be submitted to the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly in June, officials said.

Japan does not legally recognize marriage between members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, but many prefectural and local governments issue legally nonbinding certifications recognizing sexual minority couples.