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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 05/12/2019

LGBT Partnership Systems Spread Across Japan

In the first five months of 2019 alone, the number of Japanese municipalities with a “partnership system” recognizing same-sex relationships has doubled. While Japan’s national government has been very passive when it…

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ADDED ON: 05/05/2019

Are isolated LGBTI Japanese finally about to step out of the closet?

Tomoyuki Oishi is probably the only LGBTI person living in his small village in Nagano prefecture, Japan. ‘I like the village, but it feels very cramped’ the 36-year-old told Gay Star News.…

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ADDED ON: 05/01/2019

With spirits high, the LGBT community and supporters marks Tokyo’s 25th pride march

With rainbow flags flying high and colorful signboards vividly displayed under a clear blue sky, thousands of members of the LGBT community and their supporters took to the streets of Shibuya Ward…

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ADDED ON: 04/24/2019

How a gay student’s suicide after being outed is helping Japan’s LGBT community speak up

The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates, and the university where he…

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ADDED ON: 04/20/2019

Trans weddings in Japan: forced surgery before ‘I do’

For Tacaquito Usui to marry his partner, Japanese law first requires him to undergo sterilisation surgery and be diagnosed with a mental disorder because he is transgender. Usui, who lives with his…

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ADDED ON: 04/17/2019

LGBT couples speak of their suffering in lawsuit seeking marriage for all in Japan

In the first oral argument of an unprecedented trial challenging the constitutionality of Japan’s same-sex marriage ban, LGBT couples spoke Monday of their experiences, aiming to highlight the social stigma and discrimination…

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ADDED ON: 04/12/2019

Alarm bells sound over ‘outings’ in Japan’s LGBT community

People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which the "nail that sticks out…

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ADDED ON: 04/10/2019

Japan’s first transgender prefectural assembly member elected in Hokkaido

Japan's first transgender prefectural assembly member has been elected in local elections here on April 7. The new member, Ayako Fuchigami, was designated male at birth and transitioned to a woman as…

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ADDED ON: 03/29/2019

Japanese footballer comes out as gay and encourages others to do the same before Tokyo 2020

Female Japanese footballer Shiho Shimoyamada has come out as gay and has encouraged other athletes to do the same before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 24-year old plays for SV Meppen,…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2019

First LGBT-inclusive textbooks for elementary schools in Japan

Publishers of elementary school textbooks in Japan have included LGBT information in the latest editions of their books. Two out of five government-accredited publishers have included content on sexuality and gender identity,…

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ADDED ON: 03/24/2019

Tomomi Inada’s uphill battle to ‘promote understanding’ of LGBT issues in Japan

Tomomi Inada isn’t trying to get Japan to legalize same-sex marriage or ban discrimination against gay citizens. The conservative lawmaker just wants to “promote understanding” of LGBT issues. Even that seems too…

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ADDED ON: 03/22/2019

Justice Ministry overturns deportation order for gay Taiwanese man without visa

In a rare move, the Justice Ministry has revoked a deportation order for a gay Taiwanese man who remained in Japan illegally after overstaying his visa, apparently giving consideration to his longtime…

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