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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 07/27/2019

Election of gay lawmaker in Japan spurs hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan's first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalize same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay unions. Taiga Ishikawa,…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

Japan elects first openly-gay politician to national parliament

Japan on Monday (22 July) elected its first openly-gay politician to the country’s national parliament. LGBTI rights activist turned lawmaker Taiga Ishikawa won a seat for the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2019

LGBT community hopes election spurs gay rights debate, legislation

The LGBT community and their allies hope the upcoming upper house election will help advance the national discussion on LGBT rights in Japan and lead to legal recognition. Small headway has been…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2019

Male, female…other?’ Japan form-makers consider possible LGBT discrimination in their terminology

The term “sexual minority” in Japanese refers to anyone who falls under the LGBT+ umbrella, and while lesbian and gay people have been fighting hard for equality as of late there is…

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ADDED ON: 07/04/2019

Japan grants refugee status for homophobic persecution for first time ever

Japan has granted asylum to an LGBT+ refugee on the grounds of homophobic persecution in their home country for the first time. Details including the refugee’s home country and gender have been…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2019

In first, Ibaraki Prefecture to issue partnership certificates for LGBT couples from July

Authorities in Ibaraki Prefecture said Monday they would start issuing partnership certificates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples from July 1, in an effort to address inequalities with legally married couples.…

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ADDED ON: 06/20/2019

Liberal Democratic Party and tradition may stymie push for same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. While surveys show…

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ADDED ON: 06/17/2019

Fighting For Recognition in Japan

When 13 LGBTQ couples sued the Japanese government earlier this year, arguing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage, it made headlines around the world as a historic moment in the country’s journey…

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ADDED ON: 06/14/2019

Reverence for tradition threatens same-sex marriage in Japan

As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and old traditions. For while surveys…

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ADDED ON: 06/04/2019

Japan Opposition Parties Submit Same-Sex Marriage Bill

Japan’s major opposition parties submitted a bill Monday calling for same-sex marriage in the world’s third-biggest economy, a move that comes weeks after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to legalize…

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ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

LGBT Partnership Systems Spread Across Japan

In the first five months of 2019 alone, the number of Japanese municipalities with a “partnership system” recognizing same-sex relationships has doubled. While Japan’s national government has been very passive when it…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Are isolated LGBTI Japanese finally about to step out of the closet?

Tomoyuki Oishi is probably the only LGBTI person living in his small village in Nagano prefecture, Japan. ‘I like the village, but it feels very cramped’ the 36-year-old told Gay Star News.…

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