Japan’s main ruling party approves watered-down LGBTQ bill before G7 summit in Hiroshima

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05/16/2023

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 days before the country hosts the Group of Seven summit. The Liberal Democratic Party approved the measure Tuesday, general affairs chair Toshiaki Endo told reporters. The revised bill weakens a previous reference to discrimination not being tolerated, instead saying only “unfair” discrimination shouldn’t be allowed. The party is aiming to submit the legislation to parliament before the leaders’ meeting begins on Friday. “This is a great step forward,” Endo told reporters. “We have made efforts to move forward on a bill that it’s difficult for everyone to agree to 100%.”

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