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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 01/20/2020

Tokyo ward to let sexual minorities pick their school, work uniforms

Tokyo’s Minato Ward plans to adopt the first ordinance in Japan that gives sexual minorities the freedom to choose school uniforms and work attire based on their own gender identity. The ward…

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ADDED ON: 12/19/2019

Yokohama recognizes partnerships for LGBT couples

The city of Yokohama near Tokyo began issuing certificates recognizing the partnerships of sexual minority and common-law couples on Monday. Yokohama is the third city in Japan to implement a system of…

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ADDED ON: 11/28/2019

Japan’s Support for Gay Marriage Is Soaring. But Can It Become Law?

Ikuo Sato stood in front of a Tokyo court in April and told the world he was gay. To a packed room, he described the anxiety he had felt as a young…

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ADDED ON: 10/05/2019

Japanese MP makes waves by linking same-sex marriage to revising constitution

A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it and also…

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ADDED ON: 09/24/2019

Pop-up venue Pride House opens in Tokyo for LGBT fans ahead of 2019 Rugby World Cup

As the Rugby World Cup got underway Friday, a pop-up venue for LGBT and other sexual minority fans opened in Tokyo, in an initiative organizers hope to build on for next year’s…

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ADDED ON: 09/13/2019

US citizen sues Japanese government for denying him long-term visa to be with husband

US citizen barred from receiving a long-term visa to live with his husband in Japan has sued the country's government, claiming he is being denied a family life. Andrew High, who met his Japanese…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

The 2020 Summer Olympics Likely to Be the Queerest, Most Political Games Yet

When Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will likely be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Games. Not only that, it could also prove to be the…

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ADDED ON: 09/04/2019

Transgender woman granted long-term residency in Japan

A Southeast Asian woman has become the first transgender person to receive a long-term residential permit in Japan, according to her lawyer. The 58-year-old woman, who has not disclosed her name and…

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ADDED ON: 07/27/2019

Election of gay lawmaker in Japan spurs hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan's first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalize same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay unions. Taiga Ishikawa,…

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ADDED ON: 07/23/2019

Japan elects first openly-gay politician to national parliament

Japan on Monday (22 July) elected its first openly-gay politician to the country’s national parliament. LGBTI rights activist turned lawmaker Taiga Ishikawa won a seat for the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party…

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ADDED ON: 07/14/2019

LGBT community hopes election spurs gay rights debate, legislation

The LGBT community and their allies hope the upcoming upper house election will help advance the national discussion on LGBT rights in Japan and lead to legal recognition. Small headway has been…

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ADDED ON: 07/07/2019

Male, female…other?’ Japan form-makers consider possible LGBT discrimination in their terminology

The term “sexual minority” in Japanese refers to anyone who falls under the LGBT+ umbrella, and while lesbian and gay people have been fighting hard for equality as of late there is…

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