Nintendo Japan will offer benefits to employees in same-sex unions

Nintendo Japan will offer employees in same-sex partnerships the same benefits it offers employees in heterosexual partnerships, although Japanese law does not currently recognize gay marriages. The company announced the policy in an update to its Corporate Social Responsibility Policy on July 12, which was spotted by Go Nintendo (above diversity).

A new section titled “Introducing a partnership system” notes that the policy has been in effect since March 2021 and that the company has since started recognizing common law marriages in the same way as legal marriages. “At Nintendo, we want to create a work environment that supports and empowers each and every one of our unique employees,” the company said.

Additionally, the update notes that Nintendo President Shuntaro Furukawa sent a note to employees on gender diversity, urging employees to understand that their words and actions can cause emotional pain, even when no harm was intended. Nintendo says it’s also working on implementing new systems and training courses to create a more supportive work environment.

Among the G7 countries, Japan is the only country that does not recognize same-sex marriage. While LGBT activists have made some breakthroughs in recent years, an Osaka court upheld the country’s ban last June. As public support for legalizing same-sex marriage grows, LGBTQ people still face frequent discrimination, according to a 2020 survey. Of course there is discrimination, especially in the workplace, not only in Japan. You only have to look at all the news from Activision Blizzard – and before that, Riot Games, Ubisoft, and countless other examples – to know that gaming companies often fail to protect their most vulnerable employees.

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