Japan

LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 11/14/2022

1,000 hold rally in Tokyo in call to protect rights of transgenders

Hundreds of people rallied in Tokyo to highlight the urgency of calls to protect the rights of transgender people. Organizers estimated that about 1,000 people, Japanese and foreign residents alike, took part in…

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ADDED ON: 11/09/2022

6th Grader Interviews LGBTQ+ People, Makes Picture Book for Kids

Education about sexual minorities in Japanese schools is relatively non-existent. But one 6th grader named Ui is hoping to educate children about LGBTQ+ people with her picture book “So That Everyone May…

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ADDED ON: 11/02/2022

Tokyo Same-Sex Couples Start Receiving Partnership Certificates

In what LGBTQ+ people in Japan hope is a harbinger of marriage equality, Tokyo’s city government began issuing partnership certificates to same-sex couples Tuesday. The certificates allow the couples’ unions to be…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2022

Nearly half of Japan’s LGBTQ teens have considered suicide: survey

Out of Japan’s LGBTQ teens, 48.1% thought about committing suicide over the past year and 14% made an attempt, according to a recent survey by a nonprofit organization. Both proportions were higher…

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ADDED ON: 10/24/2022

Nearly half of LGBTQ teens in Japan thought about suicide in past year: survey

TOKYO -- Many sexual minorities in Japan are experiencing mental suffering, with nearly half of LGBTQ children and young people having thought about suicide in the past year, a recent survey has…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2022

Tokyo Opens Same-Sex Partnership System for Applications

A system to register same-sex partnerships opened for applications in Tokyo on Tuesday, in a symbolic step forward for a country that has fallen behind its peers on embracing diversity. The system…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2022

Japan’s first gay elected member of parliament visits SF

San Francisco's GLBT Historical Society Museum welcomed Taiga Ishikawa, Japan's first gay member of parliament, during his recent visit to San Francisco. Ishikawa, 48, is Japan's highest-ranking and only LGBTQ politician currently…

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ADDED ON: 09/12/2022

Tokyo Court Denies Transgender Parent Legal Rights To Own Child

The journey toward equality for the LGBTQ+ community in Japan has been something of a ping-pong match over the past few years. The country has indeed taken steps toward inclusion and equal…

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ADDED ON: 08/21/2022

Japan court refuses to recognise trans woman as parent of child born after transition

A Japanese court on Friday ruled that only the child born before a trans woman went through her surgical and legal transition could be recognised legally as her child, while the child…

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ADDED ON: 08/02/2022

Transgender influencers use platforms to promote acceptance in Asia

In the time of the internet, new influencers are becoming famous every day. Some dance to someone’s else songs for viewership. Some talk about different gadgets, while others use the platform to…

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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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