<a href="https://www.osa800.com" target="_blank" title="카지노사이트">카지노사이트</a> Ms Nakajima and Ms Baumann got married in Germany, and soon afterwards applied for that marriage to be recognised in Yokohama where they currently live.
As they had expected, the German marriage was not recognised.
For the two of them, this creates concrete problems - Ms Baumann is currently studying, but once she graduates will require a new visa to be allowed to stay in the country.
For a married couple such a visa would easily be issued to a spouse - but that's not the case for same-sex partnerships.
The problems don't stop there though, the two women explain.
"In Germany it's a lot easier to come out and just live the way you choose to as an individual," Ms Baumann says.
"In Japan however, gender roles are a lot more traditional and a woman is expected to marry and have children. In many cases, it's even still expected that a woman will stop working once she becomes a mother."