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Nintendo vocally supports staff in same-sex relationships

Nintendo employees in same-sex couples receive the same support and benefits as opposite-sex couples, as recently circulated online

A picture of Mario (a cartoon man with a large round nose, brown hair, and bushy moustache) in a suit, with a red cap on with an M in the middle, all on a red background

While Japan’s policies around same-sex marriage and LGBTQ+ rights, in general, may be lagging behind, Nintendo is leading the way with equal support for employees no matter what their sexuality is. While the news was widely circulated recently, this update was added to Nintendo’s site in June last year.

It said that its aim is “to create a work environment that supports and empowers each and every one of [its] unique employees”, so they’ve introduced a “system [that] ensures employees who are in a domestic partnership with a same-sex partner have the same benefits as employees in an opposite-sex marriage.”

Considering that same-sex marriages aren’t recognised in Japanese law, this is a very big statement from Nintendo. This attitude is in their code of conduct, which states, “we do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, nationality, ideology, religion, creed, origin, social status, class, occupation, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity.” You can find the full statement here.

You can see a tweet in Japanese that recently circulated below.

For Nintendo’s next big game, check out our Xenoblade Chronicles 3 preview to see why we think it’s “game of the year material.”