To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. According to the suit, the plaintiff and defendant moved in together in After acquiring a marriage certificate in the United States in , the couple held a wedding ceremony in Japan the following year. Soon afterward, the defendant revealed her desire to raise a child with the plaintiff and was artificially inseminated after finding a sperm donor on a social networking site. However, the relationship between the couple broke down in January following the revelation that the defendant had an affair with the sperm donor.
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To enjoy our content, please include The Japan Times on your ad-blocker's list of approved sites. Kaoru Sasaki, 51, filed the lawsuit with the Sapporo District Court, arguing that not paying family benefits to same-sex couples violates the guarantee of equality under the Constitution. According to the suit, Sasaki applied for spousal benefits in July and April , while still a prefectural employee, submitting a document recognizing her partnership issued by the Sapporo Municipal Government. But the Hokkaido government and the aid association for prefectural employees rejected the application, saying the benefits were only available to heterosexual couples.
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A i Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she did "all the usual things" like tying people up and dripping hot wax on their nipples. Her work today, she says, is far more challenging. Aoyama, 52, is trying to cure what Japan's media calls sekkusu shinai shokogun , or "celibacy syndrome".
Sexuality in Japan developed separately from that of mainland Asia , as Japan did not adopt the Confucian view of marriage , in which chastity is highly valued. Monogamy in marriage is often thought to be less important in Japan, and sometimes married men may seek pleasure from courtesans. Prostitution in Japan has a long history, and became especially popular during the Japanese economic miracle , as evening entertainments were tax-deductible. Decreased sex drive in the 21st century has been blamed for the low Japanese birth rate and declining growth of the Japanese population.