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Added on: 11/28/2019
11/27/2019
Ikuo Sato stood in front of a Tokyo court in April and told the world he was gay. To a packed room, he described the anxiety he…

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Added on: 10/05/2019
10/04/2019
A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who…

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Added on: 09/24/2019
09/20/2019
As the Rugby World Cup got underway Friday, a pop-up venue for LGBT and other sexual minority fans opened in Tokyo, in an initiative organizers hope to…

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Added on: 09/13/2019
US citizen barred from receiving a long-term visa to live with his husband in Japan has sued the country’s government, claiming he is being denied a family…

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Added on: 09/04/2019
09/03/2019
When Tokyo hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics, there will likely be a record number of out LGBTQ athletes competing in the Games. Not only that, it could…

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Added on: 09/04/2019
09/04/2019
A Southeast Asian woman has become the first transgender person to receive a long-term residential permit in Japan, according to her lawyer. The 58-year-old woman, who has…

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Added on: 07/27/2019
07/24/2019
Japan’s first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalize same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to…

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Added on: 07/23/2019
07/22/2019
Japan on Monday (22 July) elected its first openly-gay politician to the country’s national parliament. LGBTI rights activist turned lawmaker Taiga Ishikawa won a seat for the…

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Added on: 07/14/2019
07/14/2019
The LGBT community and their allies hope the upcoming upper house election will help advance the national discussion on LGBT rights in Japan and lead to legal…

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Added on: 07/07/2019
07/07/2019
The term “sexual minority” in Japanese refers to anyone who falls under the LGBT+ umbrella, and while lesbian and gay people have been fighting hard for equality…

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Added on: 07/04/2019
07/02/2019
Japan has granted asylum to an LGBT+ refugee on the grounds of homophobic persecution in their home country for the first time. Details including the refugee’s home…

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Added on: 06/24/2019
06/24/2019
Authorities in Ibaraki Prefecture said Monday they would start issuing partnership certificates for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples from July 1, in an effort to address…

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Added on: 06/20/2019
06/19/2019
As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and…

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Added on: 06/17/2019
06/16/2019
When 13 LGBTQ couples sued the Japanese government earlier this year, arguing for legal recognition of same-sex marriage, it made headlines around the world as a historic…

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Added on: 06/14/2019
06/13/2019
As Japanese lawmakers grapple with a landmark same-sex marriage bill, campaigners fear it may die at the first legislative hurdle as lawmakers pander to aging voters and…

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Added on: 06/04/2019
06/03/20219
Japan’s major opposition parties submitted a bill Monday calling for same-sex marriage in the world’s third-biggest economy, a move that comes weeks after Taiwan became the first…

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Added on: 05/12/2019
05/09/2019
In the first five months of 2019 alone, the number of Japanese municipalities with a “partnership system” recognizing same-sex relationships has doubled. While Japan’s national government has…

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Added on: 05/05/2019
05/04/2019
Tomoyuki Oishi is probably the only LGBTI person living in his small village in Nagano prefecture, Japan. ‘I like the village, but it feels very cramped’ the…

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Added on: 05/01/2019
04/28/2019
With rainbow flags flying high and colorful signboards vividly displayed under a clear blue sky, thousands of members of the LGBT community and their supporters took to…

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Added on: 04/24/2019
04/22/2019
The name of a gay student who died after being outed may remain known to only a small number of people – his immediate family, friends, classmates,…

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Added on: 04/20/2019
04/17/2019
For Tacaquito Usui to marry his partner, Japanese law first requires him to undergo sterilisation surgery and be diagnosed with a mental disorder because he is transgender….

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Added on: 04/17/2019
04/15/2019
In the first oral argument of an unprecedented trial challenging the constitutionality of Japan’s same-sex marriage ban, LGBT couples spoke Monday of their experiences, aiming to highlight…

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Added on: 04/12/2019
04/12/2019
People having their sexual orientation or gender identity revealed without their consent has become a deepening problem in Japan, a country known for its culture in which…

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Added on: 04/10/2019
04/09/2019
Japan’s first transgender prefectural assembly member has been elected in local elections here on April 7. The new member, Ayako Fuchigami, was designated male at birth and…

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Added on: 03/29/2019
Female Japanese footballer Shiho Shimoyamada has come out as gay and has encouraged other athletes to do the same before the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The 24-year…

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Added on: 03/28/2019
03/28/2019
Publishers of elementary school textbooks in Japan have included LGBT information in the latest editions of their books. Two out of five government-accredited publishers have included content…

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Added on: 03/24/2019
Tomomi Inada isn’t trying to get Japan to legalize same-sex marriage or ban discrimination against gay citizens. The conservative lawmaker just wants to “promote understanding” of LGBT…

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Added on: 03/22/2019
03/22/201
In a rare move, the Justice Ministry has revoked a deportation order for a gay Taiwanese man who remained in Japan illegally after overstaying his visa, apparently…

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Added on: 03/21/2019
03/20/2019
Human Rights Watch has urged Japan to drop its requirement that transgender people be sterilised to have their gender changed on official documents. A 2004 law says people…

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Added on: 03/15/2019
Over 40 percent of lesbian, gay and bisexual students and over 80 percent of transgender students in Japan had uncomfortable experiences during job interviews, a survey by…