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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 02/16/2019

Gender-neutral Canadian activist shows solidarity with Japan’s LGBT communities

Gemma Hickey entered Japan this week with something no Japanese national can obtain a gender-neutral passport in which the gender category shows neither female nor male, but an “X.” The 42-year-old Canadian,…

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ADDED ON: 02/15/2019

Same sex couples seek marriage rights in Valentine’s lawsuit

Chizuka Oe and Yoko Ogawa have been together for 25 years, but when they submitted their marriage registration at a Tokyo town hall, they knew it would be rejected. "We were told…

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ADDED ON: 02/14/2019

Japan Launches First LGBTI Safe House

Japan opened its first LGBTI safe house in Tokyo this week. Nijiiro House supports LGBTI people who have fallen into homelessness due to their sexuality or gender identity. It also offers support for…

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ADDED ON: 02/12/2019

“This Is Me”: Nippon Television’s Tanio Toshimi on Being True to Oneself

Transgender commentator Tanio Toshimi debuted on News Zero around the time that Diet member Sugita Mio made headlines for describing the LGBT community as childless and “unproductive.” While LGBT people working in entertainment are…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Chiba 1st Japanese City to Recognize LGBTI Couples, Common-law Marriage

In a first for Japan, the city of Chiba held a ceremony Tuesday to issue certificates recognizing both the partnerships of sexual minority and common-law couples. "I wish you happiness in becoming…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2019

Whether it’s a bar in Shinjuku or over a dating app with someone in Osaka, words matter when talking about LGBT topics

A recent survey by advertising giant Dentsu revealed that roughly 1 out of 11 people in Japan identify as レズビアン, ゲイ, バイセクシュアル, トランスジェンダー (rezubian, gei, baisekushuaru, toransujendā, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender),…

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ADDED ON: 01/25/2019

Japan Supreme Court: Trans people must be sterilized before gender change

The Supreme Court of Japan published a ruling on Thursday (24 January) upholding a law that requires transgender people to be sterilized before changing their gender on official documents. Japan’s law in question is No. 111, which first…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Gay couple to join Japan legal challenge after marriage bid fails

A couple who failed in an attempt to register their same-sex marriage in Japan vowed on Friday to take legal action to force the country to legalize gay weddings. Ai Nakajima and…

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ADDED ON: 01/12/2019

More people identify as LGBT as social awareness grows in Japan: study

At least one in eleven people identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender, according to a survey conducted by advertising giant Dentsu Inc., while more than two-thirds of respondents were familiar with…

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ADDED ON: 01/05/2019

Japanese legislator condemned for making anti-LGBTI comments

A Japanese lawmaker has come under fire for making anti-LGBTI comments. The comments come from Katsuei Hirasawa, a veteran legislator from the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP). Speaking to a crowd at Yamanashi…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2019

Lesbian Couple to Wed 26 Times Abroad to Seek Change in Japan

Two female university students plan to wed 26 times overseas to raise awareness of the fact that they cannot do the same thing in their home country. Misato Kawasaki, 21, and Mayu…

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ADDED ON: 01/01/2019

Ten same-sex couples to sue Japanese government over marriage equality

Ten same-sex couples will file a lawsuit against the Japanese government in a bid for recognition towards marriage equality. The couples, who will file a joint lawsuit in February, reportedly argue that…

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