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.
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.
*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).