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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 08/13/2020

UNDER OLYMPIAN PRESSURE: LGBT RIGHTS IN JAPAN

The long-awaited Japan 2020 Olympics is finally in full swing— or it would be if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t forced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the event to 2021 (hopefully).…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2020

Japan: Pass Equality Act Before Olympics

Japan’s government should pass the Equality Act ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Human Rights Watch, Athlete Ally, and Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation (J-ALL) said today. The groups will…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2020

Fighting for the right to recognize same-sex marriage in Japan

Ikuo Sato knows he will be in trouble if he becomes infected with COVID-19. “I’m over 60, I’ve got diabetes, I’m HIV-positive and I’m on artificial dialysis,” says the 61-year-old, who works…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2020

900 LGBT couples have been certified in Japan since 2015, survey finds

A total of 900 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples have been recognized by municipal and other governments in Japan since 2015, when the use of certificates to recognize such partnerships began…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

JAPANESE REGION ANNOUNCES BAN ON OUTING LGBTQ PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL

Japan is beginning to lag noticeably behind when it comes to LGBTQ rights such as adoption and marriage equality, but one region has taken a groundbreaking step forward by banning the outing…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2020

Japan court rejects notion same-sex couples are de facto marriages

A Japanese district court on Thursday rejected a request by a man to overturn a prefectural commission’s decision deeming him ineligible for victims’ compensation as a surviving family member after his same-sex…

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ADDED ON: 05/18/2020

Freelance, LGBT wary of Japan’s new anti-harassment law

With a new law aimed at stopping harassment in the workplace set to enter into force in Japan in June, freelance workers and sexual minorities are casting a wary eye on how…

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ADDED ON: 04/27/2020

Japan NGO offers same-sex ‘partnership certificates’ to address gaps in current provision

About 20 companies in Japan will start accepting “partnership certificates,” issued to same-sex couples by a nongovernmental organization, from July as a way of providing employees with spousal and familial benefits that…

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ADDED ON: 04/21/2020

LGBT people in Japan worry getting coronavirus may result in outing

A 34-year-old man who lives with his same-sex partner in Fukuoka, southwestern Japan, has chosen not to be open about his sexual orientation at his office. But he worries it may be…

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ADDED ON: 03/12/2020

Seven Asian movies celebrating LGBT romance

While Hollywood has blockbuster queer films Brokeback Mountain (2005), Moonlight (2016) and Call Me By Your Name (2017), social stigmas and cultural taboos mean that LGBTQ+ characters in Asian cinema are scarce.…

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ADDED ON: 02/19/2020

Osaka and Japan’s outreach to LGBT tourism is a model for Ireland to replicate

Ireland's groundbreaking marriage equality vote will be five years old this May - but have you seen one major ad campaign to attract the sought after LGBT tourist market to our shores?…

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ADDED ON: 02/13/2020

Pride House Tokyo 2020 to open for Olympics

A pop-up venue will open in Tokyo to raise awareness of sexual minorities for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Unity in diversity is one of the principles of the Tokyo Games.…

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