Legalising same-sex marriage in Japan would be unpopular in such a land of tradition, a legal change of this kind would widely be viewed as a threat to tradition, culture and the Japanese family. While homophobia in the west is often based religious belief, fear, or antiquated gender concepts, in Japan these attitudes are more centred around family pressures, sociocultural expectation to get married, have children and continue the family in order to provide care for older family members. These characteristics are much more deeply ingrained in the culture, and with a rapidly falling population, and so many other equality issues left unchallenged in Japan, this is probably the last cultural battle that needs to be fought in the country at the moment, considering Japan already offers a partnership certificate. Furthermore, while considering on the one hand if Japan 'should' legalise same-sex marriage, on the other hand, 'could' Japan even legalise it? In April 2021 the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) announced it would pass an LGBT law to counter discrimination, but proceeded to water down the legislation in the coming months, during which time a lot of anti-LGBT prejudice surfaced amongst the members of the ruling conservative LDP.