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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 01/27/2021

Japan: Introduce LGBT Equality Act before Olympics: 116 Groups Urge Prime Minister Suga to Take Action

(Tokyo) – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan should commit to introducing a law to protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, J-ALL, Athlete Ally, and Human…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people altered their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2020

38% of LGBT people in Japan sexually harassed or assaulted: survey

Nearly 40 percent of sexual minority people in Japan have been sexually harassed or assaulted, a private survey involving more than 10,000 respondents showed Saturday. The survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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ADDED ON: 12/17/2020

Homophobia Is Not an Asian Value. It’s Time for the East to Reconnect to Its Own Traditions of Tolerance

Tan Seng Kee, a 62-year-old retired doctor and LGBTQ+ activist, recently filed a motion in Singapore’s High Court, asking it to order the city-state’s cabinet to revoke a colonial-era law that could…

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ADDED ON: 12/13/2020

Banker-turned-priest leads ancient Buddhist sect to 21st century

Located near the defunct Tsukiji Market, once one of the largest fish markets in the world, Tsukiji Hongwanji temple is the icon of the Jodo Shinshu sect of Buddhism, which dates back…

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ADDED ON: 12/11/2020

FOCUS: Genderless uniforms spread in Japan as LGBT students gain notice

A growing number of Japanese prefectural high schools are relaxing or scrapping gender codes for uniforms to meet the needs of transgender and other sexual-minority students, with around a third of prefectures…

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ADDED ON: 12/03/2020

Battered but unbowed by coronavirus, Tokyo’s gay district forges stronger ties

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Toshitsune Tamashiro was young and closeted in 1980s Japan, Tokyo’s Shinjuku Ni-chome gay district was a haven. Now he runs a bar there, and has fought to keep…

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ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Man reaches settlement with Tokyo company after boss outed him as gay

A gay man in his 20s has reached a rare out-of-court settlement with the company he used to work for after a superior revealed his sexual orientation without his consent, people involved…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2020

Queer Japan Shows the Asian Nation’s ‘LGBT Boom’ in New Trailer

A new documentary, directed by Graham Kolbeins, explores the LGBTQ+ culture in Tokyo and other regions through the eyes of its leading out figures. Kolbeins, along with producers Hiromi Iida and Anne…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Japan: Calls grow to include LGBT couples in national census

Advocacy groups and members of the LGBT community are calling on the central government to count the number of LGBT couples in the national census so they can be accurately reflected in…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

Sexual minorities still struggling five years after LGBT ordinance

Miho Okada experienced the frustrating limits of measures introduced to protect the rights of same-sex couples when her lesbian partner was hospitalized with advanced rectal cancer in Aomori Prefecture. Although Okada, 36,…

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