Japan

LGBT Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 10/05/2018

Tokyo: New Law Bars LGBT Discrimination

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has passed a bill that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, Human Rights Watch said. The act, enacted on October 5, 2018, also…

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ADDED ON: 09/27/2018

Japanese Magazine to Close After Abe Ally’s ‘homophobic’ Article

A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party. The Shincho 45 said it…

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ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Homophobic Article Gets Japanese Magazine Suspended Indefinitely

A homophobic article — and several follow-up articles — has led to the indefinite suspension of a Japanese magazine. Shinchosha Publishing Co. announced Tuesday night (25 September) that it is essentially folding…

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ADDED ON: 09/18/2018

No Penalty Likely for LDP’s Sugita Over LGBTI Remarks

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has indicated that it is not necessary to penalize ruling party lawmaker Mio Sugita, who has come under fire over her recent gaffe on sexual minorities. "Because she…

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ADDED ON: 09/17/2018

Bill to Ban LGBT Discrimination to Be Proposed by Tokyo Metro. Gov’t

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government is set to propose the first ordinance bill including a stipulation to prohibit discrimination against LGBT and other sexual minorities to the metropolitan assembly on Sept. 19. People concerned…

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ADDED ON: 09/01/2018

Petition Demands Japanese Lawmaker Apologize for LGBT Remark

Japanese activists including seven parents of LGBT children submitted a petition with more than 25,000 signatures to prime minister Shinzo Abe's party on Friday, demanding that a lawmaker apologise for saying that…

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ADDED ON: 08/27/2018

Chiba to Issue Non-binding Certificates Recognizing Same-sex And Common-law Couples

The city of Chiba plans to issue nonbinding certificates recognizing same-sex as well as common-law couples starting in April next year, following similar moves by Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward and other municipalities across…

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ADDED ON: 08/09/2018

Disabled People Stage Protest Against Anti-LGBT Japanese MP

Disabled people have come out to protest against an anti-LGBT Japanese MP, who said gay and lesbian couples are unproductive because they can’t have children. According to KYODO news agency, the group took offense to the comments because…

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ADDED ON: 08/03/2018

LDP ‘instructs’ Sugita to Educate Herself after Anti-gay Article

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party finally took action after two weeks of failing to condemn lawmaker Mio Sugita’s homophobic views in a magazine article she wrote that sparked harsh online criticism and…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Thousands Rally to Protest LDP Lawmaker Mio Sugita’s Remark Calling Lgbt People ‘unproductive’

Thousands of angry protesters rallied on Friday night in front of the headquarters of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, calling for the resignation of junior lawmaker Mio Sugita, who had earlier branded…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Japan Wants LGBT Tourists to Visit its Disaster Zones

Japan is hoping LGBT people can boost tourism in a region formerly plagued with natural disasters. The country’s Reconstruction Agency has launched an initiative to draw queer and trans people to visit the Tohoku…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2018

Japanese Politician under Fire for Calling LGBT Community ‘unproductive’

A Japanese politician has come under fire for questioning whether LGBT taxpayers should receive equal welfare benefits to the rest of Japan. Lower House member Mio Sugita called gay couples "unproductive" and…

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