Mayor of Shibuya, Toshitake Kuwahara, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Tokyo February 25, 2015. A proposal by Tokyo's Shibuya ward to recognise same-sex partnerships from April... more 
Mayor of Shibuya, Toshitake Kuwahara, speaks during an interview with Reuters at his office in Tokyo February 25, 2015. A proposal by Tokyo's Shibuya ward to recognise same-sex partnerships from April may seem insignificant compared with the U.S., where gay marriage is legal in all but 13 states. But it is the first such move in Japan, where the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is all but invisible. Kuwahara, a proponent of diversity, said it was a natural step. The proposal, submitted on March 2, 2015 has sparked mainstream media coverage and social media debate. Picture taken February 25, 2015. REUTERS/Yuya Shino (JAPAN - Tags: POLITICS SOCIETY) less 
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