On February 19, 2007, the state of New Jersey became the third state to offer civil unions in U.S. Civil unions (同性結婚) grant the same legal rights to gay couples as married couples.
Introduced earlier in love or country?, gay people are often hardworking (勤労), tax-paying (納税), law-abiding (法令順守) young men liked by teachers, co-workers and bosses, cats, dogs, and little old ladies. Other than their unique sexual orientation, they’re great resources to a nation just like others.
As Japan’s working population continues to shrink, the nation needs to retain (留める) as much talent from its people as possible. Although Japan has not yet seen an explosion of a nation wide debate over gay marriage, it is only a matter of time with the coming out of so many gay men in Japan. If Japan is reluctant (抵抗) to accept gay union or marriage, more men who constitute Japan’s limited working population would leave Japan for, say, Canada, a popular destination for working holidays and where it is fairly easy to obtain residential status. And now that New Jersey, a neighboring state to New York, has granted (与える) civil union to gay couples, New Jersey may become a popular destination for gay couples to move to.
For gay couples, how much sweeter (いい話) can it get than to be working in New York where it is still the center of world’s businesses, and living in New Jersey where gay couples are legally recognized as couples?
Thinking about working in Japan? Preparing to move overseas almost becomes a full-time job in the final weeks of your departure. Many people quit their jobs weeks before so they can devote their time to preparation. But what about your health insurance? Short-term health insurance plans are a great solution. ↓
Below are links to Certified Social Insurance and Labor Consultants providing services in English. Also below are useful links related to working in Japan and links to women balancing career and personal happiness. WJA realizes and promotes women's increasing value in the labor market.