Nintendo Japan Officially Introduces Partnership System Recognizing Employees In Same-Sex Partnerships That Go Against The Country’s Laws
Today, Nintendo officially introduces the partnership system. The system has been in place since March 2021 but was officially announced today. In Japan, same-sex marriages are currently not recognized by Japanese law. This new system recognizes Nintendo Japan employees who are in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner which is against the country’s laws.
Currently, Japan is the only member of the G7 group of developed countries that does not recognize same-sex marriages. An Osaka district has upheld Japan’s banning decision that the law does not violate the country’s constitution.
In an update to Nintendo’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) guidelines, the company wrote, “At Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan), we want to create a work environment that supports and empowers each of our unique employees. We introduced the Partner System in March 2021 as an initiative based on this philosophy. Although same-sex marriages are not currently recognized by Japanese law, this system guarantees employees who are in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner the same benefits as employees in a heterosexual marriage. We have also established that a de facto marriage between couples will be observed in the same way as a legal marriage.
It has already been established in the Employee Code of Conduct that “we do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, nationality, ideology, religion, beliefs, national origin, social status, class, occupation, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity”, prohibiting any form of discrimination. Nintendo has also revised its internal harassment policy to clearly prohibit discriminatory comments based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as the disclosure of a person’s private sexual orientation against their will.
Nintendo’s president called on all employees to embrace a renewed understanding that even words and actions, which are not intended to harm, can cause significant emotional pain, asking for understanding and support to create an environment in which everyone can work comfortably.