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LGBTI Rights in Japan


ADDED ON: 07/16/2021

These 15 Historical Examples Of LGBTQ Culture Around The World You Might Not Have Known About

Nonbinary Vikings - Viking imagery in contemporary culture is heavily associated with stereotypes surrounding masculinity; long-haired, heavily muscled warriors are used to sell everything from beer to sports. While gender boundaries were…

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ADDED ON: 07/08/2021

LGBT visibility grows in Japan ahead of ‘diversity’ Olympics

Fumino Sugiyama, a former female fencer for the Japan women's national team who came out as a man more than a decade ago, last week became the first transgender board member of…

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ADDED ON: 06/26/2021

Japanese Olympic Committee names first transgender member

A transgender former fencer hailed a "massive change" in Japan's LGBTQ awareness after being appointed to the Japanese Olympic Committee's board of directors just weeks before the Tokyo Games. Fumino Sugiyama, who…

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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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