Japanese LGBTQ groups demand the country adopt equal rights law by G-7 summit

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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 discrimination against sexual minorities, legalize same-sex marriage and guarantee equal rights before Japan hosts a Group of Seven summit in May. Their comments at a news conference Tuesday followed remarks last week by Kishida aide Masayoshi Arai, who was fired after telling reporters he wouldn’t want to live next to LGBTQ people and that citizens would flee Japan if same-sex marriage was allowed. Despite Kishida’s quick dismissal of Arai, a comment the prime minister made earlier last week raised questions about his intentions toward sexual minorities.

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