- Kyoto Working Papers on Area Studies: G-COE Series
- vol.74, pp.1-13, 2009-03
America, we see a widening of legalizing partnership between the same sex. However, there has not been discussion on the family that takes this into account. Moreover, in the U.S., there are increasing cases where lesbian couples procreate through artificial insemination. How can anthropological kinship studies deal with this? In Japan, there are no institutional bases for legalizing and securing same-sex couples, so that often, the system of adoption in the name of parent-child has been used between mature persons instead. Here, I will also consider how this absence of legal security and the substitutive system of adoption has affected the relationship among gay men and lesbians in Japan.