TOKYO (AP) - A human resources manager at Panasonic is acknowledging that the company's decision to start recognizing same sex partnerships in its ranks has gotten some harshly negative responses.

TOKYO (AP) A human resources manager at Panasonic is acknowledging that the company's decision to start recognizing same sex partnerships in its ranks has gotten some harshly negative responses.

Tetsuya Senmatsu told reporters Friday the decision has won both praise and criticism, depending on the country. He declined to specify the nations, although he said the policy was favorably received in the U.S. and Europe.

Panasonic has offices around the world, including the U.S., China, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

The policy, which kicks off on April 1, recognizes same sex partnerships as the equivalent of marriage in Japan, where Panasonic Corp. is headquartered. Details of how the policy will be applied in each nation are still under consideration.

Senmatsu says the reason for the policy is opposition to discrimination.