Japan

LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 06/23/2022

Japan’s LGBT Activists Undeterred By Marriage Ruling

LGBTQ rights in Japan suffered a blow on June 20, when a court in the country’s third-most populous city ruled that freedom of marriage in the constitution referred only to male-female unions,…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2022

Japan court upholds ban on same-sex marriage.

A court in Osaka has dismissed a lawsuit that argued Japan’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. The ruling on Monday dealt a setback to LGBTQ rights activists in the only Group…

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ADDED ON: 06/16/2022

Tokyo moves to allow same-sex partnerships, but not as legal marriage

The Tokyo metropolitan government on Wednesday adopted legislation recognizing same-sex partnerships, which will extend some rights that apply to married heterosexual couples but falls short of allowing same-sex unions as legal marriages.…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2022

JOC signs framework agreement with LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo.

The Japanese Olympic Committee on Monday signed a framework agreement with the LGBTQ hub Pride House Tokyo to promote inclusiveness in the sporting world. JOC President Yasuhiro Yamashita said the move came…

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ADDED ON: 03/08/2022

This Woman Channeled Her Pandemic Anxiety Into A Campaign For LGBTQ Rights In Tokyo.

In December 2021, Tokyo’s governor, Yuriko Koike, announced that a “partnership system” that publicly recognizes the relationships of same-sex couples would be adopted in the city during the 2022 fiscal year. Same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 02/08/2022

30% of Japan areas with LGBT partnership system have mutual accords

Over 30 percent of the 146 local governments in Japan that have introduced a same-sex partnership system as of Jan. 1 have also signed reciprocal agreements with other municipalities to simplify reapplication…

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ADDED ON: 02/05/2022

Beyond Boundaries: Drag Queen of Tokyo

Madame Bonjour JohnJ is a drag queen/performer/activist who desires "a world of glitter beyond boundaries."  Most of the week, JohnJ manages Community Centre Akta, a HIV/AIDS information centre and event space located…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2022

First non-binary Winter Olympian challenges ice skating stereotypes

LONDON, Jan 21 (Openly) - When Timothy LeDuc takes to the ice in Beijing as the first openly non-binary Winter Olympian, the figure skater aims to challenge gender stereotypes and pave the…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2022

Tokyo same-sex partner plans highlight road ahead for LGBTQ rights.

Many welcomed Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike's recent announcement that a same-sex partnership system would be introduced for all of Tokyo in fiscal 2022. But some LGBTQ activists have pointed out that much…

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ADDED ON: 01/07/2022

Transgender woman referred to prosecutors for using Osaka ladies room

A transgender woman was referred to prosecutors Thursday for suspected trespassing after using the ladies room in a commercial facility in Osaka, in a case an expert on LGBT issues fears might…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2021

Nearly all Japan’s school boards scrap gender field on applications

As of Sunday, students applying to enter public high schools from next spring will no longer be required to specify their gender on the application form in all of the nation’s 47…

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ADDED ON: 12/20/2021

Two Japanese LGBTQ rights activists of different faiths find common ground

Buddhist monk Kodo Nishimura and Christian pastor Yoshiki Nakamura share a belief that LGBTQ lifestyles and organized religion can coexist, even when Japanese society makes people believe that finding such commonality is impossible. Often,…

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