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LGBTI Rights in Japan


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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ADDED ON: 04/05/2021

Nearly 60% of Japan municipalities say current LGBT system inadequate

Fifty-nine percent of 87 local governments that have introduced, or plan to introduce, a same-sex partnership system feel that Japan's current system for sexual minorities is inadequate, a Kyodo News survey showed…

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ADDED ON: 04/02/2021

Japan granted 93 foreigners permission to bring their same-sex spouse

At least 93 foreigners residing in Japan were granted permission to bring their same-sex spouses to the country under a special visa between 2013 and 2020, the first such government survey showed…

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ADDED ON: 03/28/2021

LGBT groups seeking equality law in Japan before Olympics

Activists submitted a petition with over 106,000 signatures to Japan’s ruling party Thursday, calling for an LGBT equality law to be enacted before the Tokyo Games, saying Japan as host nation should…

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ADDED ON: 03/25/2021

‘The light of hope’: Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by marriage ruling

Jenny and Narumi wept for happiness last week when a Japanese court ruled that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a decision that allowed them to move a step closer to a legal…

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ADDED ON: 03/19/2021

A Boost to Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

It was quite something to see a district court judge break into tears as she read her verdict declaring the denial of marriage registration to same-sex couples in Japan unconstitutional. It’s a…

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ADDED ON: 03/18/2021

In landmark ruling, Japan court says it is ‘unconstitutional’ to bar same-sex marriage

A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that not allowing same-sex couples to get married is “unconstitutional,” setting a precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognize same-sex partnership. The ruling…

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ADDED ON: 01/27/2021

Japan: Introduce LGBT Equality Act before Olympics: 116 Groups Urge Prime Minister Suga to Take Action

(Tokyo) – Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan should commit to introducing a law to protect against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity, J-ALL, Athlete Ally, and Human…

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ADDED ON: 01/03/2021

People changing registered gender rising at record pace in Japan

A total of 948 people altered their officially registered gender in Japan in 2019, the highest number since a law was enforced more than a decade ago as part of efforts to…

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ADDED ON: 12/27/2020

38% of LGBT people in Japan sexually harassed or assaulted: survey

Nearly 40 percent of sexual minority people in Japan have been sexually harassed or assaulted, a private survey involving more than 10,000 respondents showed Saturday. The survey of lesbian, gay, bisexual and…

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