Japan

LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 11/29/2020

Man reaches settlement with Tokyo company after boss outed him as gay

A gay man in his 20s has reached a rare out-of-court settlement with the company he used to work for after a superior revealed his sexual orientation without his consent, people involved…

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ADDED ON: 10/30/2020

Queer Japan Shows the Asian Nation’s ‘LGBT Boom’ in New Trailer

A new documentary, directed by Graham Kolbeins, explores the LGBTQ+ culture in Tokyo and other regions through the eyes of its leading out figures. Kolbeins, along with producers Hiromi Iida and Anne…

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ADDED ON: 10/17/2020

Japan: Calls grow to include LGBT couples in national census

Advocacy groups and members of the LGBT community are calling on the central government to count the number of LGBT couples in the national census so they can be accurately reflected in…

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ADDED ON: 10/15/2020

LGBT groups in Japan launch petition seeking equality law

Sexual minority groups and human rights activists launched a petition on Thursday calling for an LGBT equality law in Japan in hopes that it can be enacted next year, when the country…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

Sexual minorities still struggling five years after LGBT ordinance

Miho Okada experienced the frustrating limits of measures introduced to protect the rights of same-sex couples when her lesbian partner was hospitalized with advanced rectal cancer in Aomori Prefecture. Although Okada, 36,…

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ADDED ON: 10/11/2020

The Buddhist monk and make-up artist seeking LGBT+ equality in Japan

During a sheltered upbringing in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, gay Japanese monk Kodo Nishimura kept his sexuality a closely guarded secret, and also concealed his burgeoning love of make-up. Nowadays, Nishimura…

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ADDED ON: 10/08/2020

Tokyo politician under fire after blaming LGBT community for falling birth rate

A local politician of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has come under fire for claiming last month that his north Tokyo ward would "cease to exist" if the rights of sexual minorities…

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ADDED ON: 09/28/2020

Gender equality in Japan gets a push from young activists

Ayano Sakurai believes that the Japanese government’s policy on gender equality needs more feedback from people of her generation who face wide-ranging gender-related challenges in their daily lives. Sakurai, 25, saw an…

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ADDED ON: 09/08/2020

Tokyo To Set Up Pride House To Highlight LGBTQ Rights Ahead Of Olympic Games

Ahead of the postponed Olympic Games in 2021, Tokyo will open Pride House, Japan's first permanent such centre, in October to raise awareness of LGBTQ rights before and during the Games. While…

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ADDED ON: 09/07/2020

Japan’s anti-outing efforts falling short, LGBT advocates say

Advocates are calling for Japan to create national legislation to protect LGBT individuals from being outed, as the current piecemeal approach is failing to tackle the damaging form of discrimination and putting…

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ADDED ON: 08/31/2020

Sapporo and Osaka allow LGBT partners to get victim support money

SAPPORO – Sapporo and Osaka have made lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples in officially recognized partnerships eligible to receive support money if they are victims of crime, marking a rare move…

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ADDED ON: 08/30/2020

Japan monk and makeup artist empowering sexual minorities, celebrating diversity’s beauty

A monk who also works as a makeup artist is celebrating their own sexual diversity and spreading the message in Japan that different is beautiful. Kodo Nishimura, a 31-year-old Jodo sect Buddhist…

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