Japan

LGBTI Rights in Japan


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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ADDED ON: 08/27/2020

Uproar as same-sex couples to be counted as ‘other relatives’ in Japan census

A national census, conducted once every five years, will be held this fall to collect information from all residents and households in Japan, but same-sex couples are effectively excluded from it. When…

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ADDED ON: 08/13/2020

UNDER OLYMPIAN PRESSURE: LGBT RIGHTS IN JAPAN

The long-awaited Japan 2020 Olympics is finally in full swing— or it would be if the COVID-19 pandemic hadn’t forced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to postpone the event to 2021 (hopefully).…

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ADDED ON: 07/24/2020

Japan: Pass Equality Act Before Olympics

Japan’s government should pass the Equality Act ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, Human Rights Watch, Athlete Ally, and Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation (J-ALL) said today. The groups will…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2020

Fighting for the right to recognize same-sex marriage in Japan

Ikuo Sato knows he will be in trouble if he becomes infected with COVID-19. “I’m over 60, I’ve got diabetes, I’m HIV-positive and I’m on artificial dialysis,” says the 61-year-old, who works…

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ADDED ON: 06/21/2020

900 LGBT couples have been certified in Japan since 2015, survey finds

A total of 900 lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples have been recognized by municipal and other governments in Japan since 2015, when the use of certificates to recognize such partnerships began…

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ADDED ON: 06/10/2020

JAPANESE REGION ANNOUNCES BAN ON OUTING LGBTQ PEOPLE AGAINST THEIR WILL

Japan is beginning to lag noticeably behind when it comes to LGBTQ rights such as adoption and marriage equality, but one region has taken a groundbreaking step forward by banning the outing…

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ADDED ON: 06/05/2020

Japan court rejects notion same-sex couples are de facto marriages

A Japanese district court on Thursday rejected a request by a man to overturn a prefectural commission’s decision deeming him ineligible for victims’ compensation as a surviving family member after his same-sex…

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