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Added on: 02/27/2024
02/26/2024
Kaneshige ‘Kane’ Hirata, a former firefighter, and Kohei ‘Kotfe’ Katsuyama, a former police officer, have been in a committed relationship for the past 12 years, living together…

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Added on: 02/08/2024
02/07/2024
A court in western Japan has approved a transgender man’s request to have his gender changed in official records without undergoing sterilisation surgery, the first known ruling of…

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Added on: 11/08/2023
11/07/2023
An LGBT advocacy group urged the Japanese government on Tuesday to ensure that all pregnant women have access to the same level of medical support after a…

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Added on: 10/27/2023
10/26/2023
Japan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a law requiring transgender people to undergo sterilization surgery in order to officially change their gender is unconstitutional, a landmark…

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Added on: 10/26/2023
10/24/2023
TOKYO, Oct 24 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – An unprecedented ruling by a Japanese court this month is buoying hopes in the transgender community that a national law…

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Added on: 10/25/2023
10/24/2023
Japan’s top court will decide Wednesday on the legality of requiring transgender people to be sterilised in order to change their legal gender. Under rules introduced in…

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Added on: 10/23/2023
10/22/2023
A growing number of Japanese municipalities have introduced ordinances banning the outing, or revealing, of a person’s sexual orientation or gender without their consent, researchers and officials…

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Added on: 10/17/2023
A Japanese family court has ruled that the country’s requirement that transgender people be surgically sterilized to change their legal gender is unconstitutional. The ruling is the…

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Added on: 10/09/2023
How did you become both a monk and makeup artist? – My father is a monk and I was born in a temple in Tokyo. My parents…

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Added on: 08/31/2023
08/30/2023
HONG KONG/TOKYO, Aug 31 (Reuters) – In Hong Kong’s highest court, five judges are deliberating whether to recognise same-sex marriages conducted overseas. Their decision, expected later this year,…

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Added on: 07/26/2023
Labor authorities agreed to pay workers’ compensation to a gay man who suffered from mental illness after being outed by his boss, which may be the first…

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Added on: 07/12/2023
07/11/2023
Japan’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that restricting a transgender woman’s use of toilets at her workplace was “unacceptable”, a decision that may help promote LGBT rights…

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Added on: 06/09/2023
06/08/2023
A Japanese court on Thursday said a ban on same-sex marriage was constitutional but it raised concerns about the dignity and human rights of same-sex couples, a…

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Added on: 06/06/2023
06/05/2023
A transgender lawyer in Osaka working on LGBTQ rights has received death threats online, calling them a hate crime targeting a transgender person. Nakaoka Shun, a member…

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Added on: 05/31/2023
05/30/2023
On Tuesday (30 May), Nagoya District Court became the second to rule against Japan’s banning of same-sex marriage, despite the country’s prime minister Fumio Kishida claiming the…

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Added on: 05/17/2023
Japan’s main ruling party approved a watered-down version of a bill on “promoting understanding” of the LGBTQ community, in apparent haste to show progress on the issue…

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Added on: 05/11/2023
05/10/2023
The odds are long on the prospect that legislation will be passed that advances LGBTQ rights in Japan. That is a tragedy for Japanese members of that community…

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Added on: 04/29/2023
04/28/2023
On Thursday in Tokyo, Endo Toshiaki – head of the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party (LDP)’s council on general affairs – told reporters that the ruling coalition would…

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Added on: 04/22/2023
04/21/2023
Japanese LGBTQ activist groups delivered a statement to the government on Friday urging that Japan enact an anti-discrimination law and legalize same-sex marriages ahead of a summit…

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Added on: 04/20/2023
A Ugandan woman was granted refugee status Wednesday following a district court ruling last month ordering the government to do so over fears she could be persecuted…

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Added on: 03/26/2023
03/25/2023
Ahead of internal discussions on legislation aimed promoting a better understanding of the LGBT community, conservatives within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have taken issue with a…

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Added on: 03/24/2023
03/22/2023
TOKYO — Japanese LGBTQ rights advocates announced the launch of a new G-7 engagement group dedicated to protecting sexual minorities on Wednesday, ahead of the annual leaders’…

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Added on: 03/07/2023
03/06/2023
An aide to Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who was sacked over a homophobic tirade said some Japanese people would “abandon” their country if same-sex marriage was legalized….

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Added on: 03/03/2023
03/02/2023
On a recent Congressional trip to Japan, US Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called on the host country to do more for its LGBT population, noting that Japan is the lone…

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Added on: 03/02/2023
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said the country’s ban on same-sex marriage is not discriminatory, insisting that constitutional freedom of marriage only envisions heterosexual unions, a comment…

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Added on: 02/28/2023
02/26/2023
Parents of LGBTQ children in Japan have called for the enactment of legislation that clearly stipulates discrimination is unacceptable. The group held an online news conference on…

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Added on: 02/13/2023
02/12/2023
The ruling Liberal Democratic Party will accelerate discussion on a bill that would promote understanding of sexual minorities, a senior lawmaker said Sunday, amid growing criticism of…

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Added on: 02/08/2023
02/07/2023
Japanese LGBTQ people and rights groups condemned a recent discriminatory remark by a senior aide of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, demanding his government enact laws to ban…

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Added on: 02/07/2023
02/06/2023
Japan’s ruling party will prepare to submit a bill encouraging understanding of issues concerning the LGBTQ community, seeking to repair the damage from discriminatory comments made by…

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Added on: 12/03/2022
Ui, a 12-year-old Japanese girl, discovered the existence of transgender people while watching a program on public television. Unable to find any children’s books on the subject,…