Same-Sex Marriage in Japan ―Moving Forward or Backward?


Date and Time: March 14 12:30 – 14:00 PST

Location: Allard School of Law, Room 122

Two years have passed since the Sapporo District Court first ruled that a ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. Subsequently, Osaka and Tokyo ruled that the ban was constitutional and quasi-unconstitutional, respectively. What impact will these rulings have on future same-sex marriage litigation? What is the position of the political branch? We will examine these questions along with how same-sex marriage lawsuits are perceived in Japanese society.



  • Takashi Shirouzu: Associate Professor of Law – Chiba University Law School
  • Margot Young: Professor of Law – Allard School of Law

Please contact Janice DeSouza-Vas at for any inquiries or further details.