Japan Heads into ‘Diversity’ Olympics Without Promised LGBT Law

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06/15/2021

Japan’s parliament ended its session without passing a promised law on LGBT understanding, failing to fulfill a ruling party pledge just as the country is set to host what is meant to be a “diversity” Olympics. A bill under which discrimination against LGBT individuals would be deemed unacceptable was dropped by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s ruling party and will officially die Wednesday when the current parliament session ends. On top of this, members of his Liberal Democratic Party were reported as making discriminatory remarks against sexual minorities during the discussion process, sparking protests outside the party’s Tokyo headquarters.

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