In the Japanese city of Sapporo people will be able to have their LGBT relationships legally recognised from June onwards.
The city on the northern island of Hokkaido, has just finished a public consultation which led to an overwhelming 1,500 people writing in to support the proposal.
Japan does not, however, recognise same-sex marriage on a national basis.
The new legislation means that any couple aged 20 or over who live in the city will be allowed to have a “partnership vow” that will allow them to access each other’s life insurance.
The official recognition will also provide couples with the opportunity to use family discounts on commercial products, such as phone contracts.