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ADDED ON: 06/03/2018

Japanese Firms Starting to Create Accepting Environment for Transgender Individuals

06/03/2018 | The Mainichi

Awareness of the troubles transgender individuals face in the workforce is on the rise in Japan, and companies are increasingly making efforts to make the working environment more accepting, earning a favorable response both from inside the companies and from customers. The Mainichi Shimbun interviewed some of these firms about what measures were effective in making the atmosphere more accepting. “If I hadn’t found this company, I probably would have given up on a career and just done part-time work,” recalls a 24-year-old transgender individual who was hired by an employment agency in April 2016. They said living as a “woman” was painful, and during their job hunt, interviewers would only ask about the person’s biological sex.

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