The Mie Prefecture Partnership Oath System

三重県パートナーシップ宣誓制度が始まります

2021/08/17 Tuesday Announcements, Culture and Leisure

On September 1, 2021, the “Mie Prefecture Partnership Oath System” (Mie-ken Partnership Sensei Seido – 三重県パートナーシップ宣誓制度) will begin to build an environment where everyone can live together safely in the prefecture according to the principles of the “ creation of ordinance in Mie Prefecture that recognizes sexual diversity and to create a society in which sexual minorities can live their lives with peace of mind.” (Sei no Tayosei o Mitomeai, Daremoga Anshin Shite Kuraseru Mie-ken Zukuri Jorei – 性の多様性を認め合い、誰もが安心して暮らせる三重県づくり条例).

1 – Explanation of the system

The Mie Prefecture Partnership Oath System is a system that allows couples, (in which one or both partners are of a sexual minority), to submit a written oath jointly proclaiming that they acknowledge each other as their life partners and that they will support one another in their daily lives. In doing so, the Mie government will issue a Partnership Oath Certificate.

2 – Services that can be used through the Mie Prefecture Partnership Oath System

In case of government systems, it is possible to use the system to register housing in public housing, family visits to medical institutions, etc.

For private services, you can use it if you are already a beneficiary of health insurance, family discounts for telephones, etc.

“The list of services that accepts the Mie Prefecture Partnership Oath System” will be constantly updated.

3 – People who can take the Oath

The persons that can use the Mie Partnership Oath System must meet all of the following requirements.

  1. Must be a couple, in which one or both individuals are a sexual minority, who have pledged that they acknowledge each other as their life partners and that they support one another in their daily lives.
  2. Must be 20 years old and above
  3. One of the couples or both must be a registered resident or planning to move to Mie Prefecture.
  4. Both should be single and do not have romantic relationships with people other than their partner
  5. Both parties must not be related. Except for people who became related through adoption.

People who have already registered in municipalities that have introduced the Partnership Oath System can also take the oath in the Prefecture.

4 – Make an appointment in advance

Make an appointment via phone or email at least one week (as a general rule) before the day you want to submit your oath.  The authorities will set the date and place of the oath taking.  Appointment in advance can be made from 9:00am on August 23, 2021 (Monday).  There are cases where it will not be possible to take the oath on the preferred date depending on the situation.

  • Hours when it will be possible to take the oath: 9 am to 5 pm on weekdays
  • Location: Mie-ken Kankyo Seikatsu-bu Diversity Shakai Suishin-ka
  • TEL: 059-224-2225 (in Japanese only)

*For more details, see the “Mie-ken Partnership Sensei Seido” page on the Prefecture’s homepage (https://www.pref.mie.lg.jp/common/01/ci500015393.htm).

Mie Prefecture Coronavirus “State of Emergency Declaration”

2021/08/17 Tuesday Announcements, Culture and Leisure

三重県新型コロナウイルス「緊急警戒宣言」~ご自身や大切な人を守るために~

~ To protect yourself and your loved ones ~

Since the end of July, the number of infected has been increasing and the daily record is constantly being updated in Mie province.  In addition, the number of cases of the highly infectious delta variant has been increasing dramatically since late July.

Mie Prefecture has issued the “Mie Prefecture Coronavirus State of Emergency Declaration” (Mie-ken Shingata Coronavirus Kinkyu Keikai Sengen – 三重県新型コロナウイルス緊急警戒宣言), in Japanese only, to alert all residents and take intensive preventive measures.

Period: August 6 (Friday) until August 31, 2021 (Tuesday)

To all the residents of the prefecture

  1. Avoid going to and from other prefecture
  • Avoid crossing prefecture borders, except when it is necessary to maintain your daily needs.

When commuting to work/school or business trips outside the prefecture, as much as possible, work from home (telework) or online.

  • If you are going out because there is an extreme need to work, return to your hometown or other reasons, do the necessary preventive measures before you go and avoid going out if you are feeling unwell.

Examples of past infections cases

1 – A person had a meal with a friend in the prefecture under the reduced restaurant hours.  They talked for a long time without wearing a mask.  It was later discovered that the person and all family members were infected.

2 – One person knew he wasn’t feeling well, but thought that “it was just the flu”, and returned to Mie from the region that is under “Priority area for prevention of the spread of infection in Mie Prefecture ” (Mie-ken Man-en Boushi-to Juten Sochi Kuiki – 三重県まん延防止等重点措置区域). It was later discovered that the person and all family members were infected.

  1. Avoid eating with many people for long periods
  • Avoid eating with many people for long periods even outdoors such as barbecues and camping.
  • When eating and drinking with people you don’t normally meet, wear your a face mask during conversations.

Examples of past infections cases

3 – One person had a barbecue with several friends and thought it was safe because it was held outdoors, so he talked and ate for a long period without wearing a face mask.  Subsequently, all the participants of the barbecue were infected and the virus spread among family members and co-workers.

4 – Many people gathered to have a meal and talked for a long time without wearing a face mask.  Then it turned out that most were infected.

  1. To prevent spreading the virus and avoid bringing it to your home or workplace
  • Do the necessary preventive measures so you will not bring the virus to your home or workplace and spread it among your loved ones
  • Avoid contact with others and leave the house to go to work or attend school if you are not feeling well. Even indoors, stay in a separate room from your family and wear a  face mask.
  • Schedule a medical appointment as soon as possible with your trusted physician or the nearest medical institution.

Examples of past infections cases

5 – One person had symptoms, but thought that “it was just the flu” and left home and went to work.  Subsequently, the virus spread in the workplace and wherever that person went.

  1. To all businesses
  • Educate your employees about the preventive measures, for example, measures to take when eating meals during work breaks, in a busy environment such as after-work get-togethers and community life in dormitories, and how to spend their time during long vacations and time outside working hours.
  • Use intensively the “Anshin Mieria”, Mie’s hospitality and safety facilities certification system, to intensify preventive measures.

Examples of past infections cases

6 – Several people became infected after talking for long periods inside the vehicle.

7 – The virus has spread among employees at social welfare and care services (kaigo), and a cluster infection had been confirmed.

  1. Intensify basic infection preventive measures
  • In order not to spread the virus, avoid crowded places, wear face masks, disinfect your hands and do the necessary basic measures to prevent infections

Consultation Desk

  • If you are experiencing difficulties due to the coronavirus, call MieCo, Mie Prefecture Consultation Center for Foreign Residents (TEL: 080-3300-8077).

Service languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese

  • If you are having difficulty booking your vaccine, call the “Mie’s Coronavirus Vaccine Inquiry Line for Foreigners” (TEL: 080-3123-9173).

Service languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Filipino, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Nepalese, Indonesian, Thai and Japanese.

  • If you have questions about vaccine side effects, call the “Coronavirus Vaccine Side Effects Call Center” (TEL: 059-224-3326).

Service languages: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Japanese.