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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 06/16/2021

Japan Heads into ‘Diversity’ Olympics Without Promised LGBT Law

Japan’s parliament ended its session without passing a promised law on LGBT understanding, failing to fulfill a ruling party pledge just as the country is set to host what is meant to…

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ADDED ON: 06/07/2021

Japanese LGBTQ groups and supporters stage rally in Tokyo, demand equal rights

Japanese sexual minority groups and their supporters staged a rally outside Tokyo’s iconic Shibuya Station on Sunday calling for equal rights and public support for enacting a long-sought equality law before the…

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ADDED ON: 05/29/2021

Japan ruling party abandons LGBT bill as consensus elusive

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday gave up on legislation to promote public awareness of sexual minorities, proving unable to overcome opposition within its own ranks. Tsutomu Sato, who chairs the…

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ADDED ON: 05/26/2021

Japan: New Momentum to Reform Transgender Law

Transgender people in Japan face continuing barriers to changing their legally recognized gender, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The Japanese government should heed increasing calls from activists and…

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ADDED ON: 05/25/2021

Japanese politicians refuse to pass LGBTQ rights bill as Olympics approach

Advocates around the world are calling foul on Japan, worrying that the country won’t meet their pledge to pass a LGBTQ rights law before hosting the Olympics in August. The concern follows…

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ADDED ON: 05/23/2021

Japanese Lawmaker Says LGBT Rights Go Against Preservation of Species Amid Record-Low Birth Rates

Japanese lawmaker Kazuo Yana of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) has said that LGBT rights go against the preservation of species amid record-low birth rates in the East Asian country. During…

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ADDED ON: 05/20/2021

Japan LDP Puts Off LGBT Bill Approval amid Cautious View

Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Thursday postponed approving a draft bill to promote understanding of sexual minorities as conservative members grew cautious about it. Their cautious view was voiced at an…

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Haru Ono – Family Rainbow, Japan

Haru Ono is the president of Nijiiro Kazoku (Rainbow Family), an organization that connects and supports LGBTQ+ families across Japan through networking and information sessions. In our interview, Ono shares her mission…

ADDED ON: 05/12/2021

Japan’s Ruling Party LGBT Bill Falls Short

Over the past six years, activists in Japan have pressed the Diet, the national parliament, to introduce a nondiscrimination law that protects the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.…

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ADDED ON: 04/28/2021

Tokyo 2020 chief visits LGBTQ centre to emphasise diversity

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto visited Japan's first permanent LGBTQ centre on Tuesday and emphasised Tokyo Olympic organisers' commitment to facilitating the public's understanding of issues surrounding sexual minorities. Her visit to…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Panel of Japan’s ruling LDP to seek early passage of law on LGBT understanding

A ruling party committee said Thursday that it will aim to enact a law to promote understanding of sexual minorities during the ongoing session of the Diet, set to end in June.…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Legalising same-sex marriage in Japan

Last month, a Japanese district court for the first time ruled that not allowing same-sex couples to marry is unconstitutional. The verdict by the Sapporo District Court was a result of simultaneous…

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