Japan’s LDP Promises to Push Forward LBGTQ Bill


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 submit a bill covering LGBTQ understanding in Japan before the upcoming Group of Seven (G-7) summit in May. Japan is unique among the G-7 as it is the only one of the high-income democracies that does not prohibit discrimination against LGBTQ individuals or legally recognize same-sex unions. In Asia, only Taiwan recognizes same-sex marriages, but there is a growing movement in the region for increased LGBTQ rights. Last year, Singapore struck down a colonial era law criminalizing gay sex, but announced it would not change marriage laws to recognize same-sex couples.

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