Nintendo released an update on the company website corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives yesterday, and although this is usually quite outdated something like a fan read, there was one thing about this particular post that stood out.
As noted Go Nintendoin the section titled Implementation of the partner systemNintendo announces that as of March 2021, the company has a policy where “same-sex partners” can use “the same benefits as employees who are in a different-sex marriage.”
This is a big deal! Although there have been attempts to National as well as municipal level in recent years to change this, IIt was only a few weeks ago when Japanese courts upheld the national ban on same-sex marriagedeclaring them unconstitutional. In a case held in Osaka and delivered on June 20, it was found that “under the constitution, the definition of marriage did not extend to partnerships between people of the same sex.”
Nintendo’s “partnership system” does its best to get around this, as it says (emphasis mine):
At Nintendo Co., Ltd. (Japan) we want to create a work environment that supports and empowers each of our unique employees.
We introduced the Partnership System in March 2021 as one of the initiatives based on this philosophy. While same-sex marriage is not currently recognized under Japanese law, this system ensures that workers in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner enjoy the same benefits as workers in a different-sex marriage. We have also established that a civil marriage between spouses will be respected in the same way as a legal marriage..
We have already stated in our Employee Code of Conduct that “we do not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, creed, religion, creed, ancestry, social status, class, occupation, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation. or gender identity”, prohibiting all forms of discrimination. In addition to the implementation of the Partner System, we have revised our internal harassment policies to clearly prohibit discriminatory comments based on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as disclosing someone’s private sexual orientation against their will.
Along with the implementation of the partnership system in Japan, we made our employees aware of the issue of gender diversity through a message from our President as a means of raising awareness of what diversity means. In this message, the President called on all employees to have a renewed understanding that even words and actions not intended to cause harm can cause significant emotional pain, asking for understanding and support to create an environment in which everyone can work comfortably.
By improving our company systems and providing training, we will continue our work to create an environment in which each of our many diverse employees can fully realize their talents.
Japan is the only G7 member that does not legally recognize same-sex marriage. Country “also requires surgical sterilization of transgender people if they want legal recognition of their gender identity.(Nintendo, meanwhile, above says they “don’t differentiate…gender identity).