Transsexual’s registry change OK’d

The Tokyo Family Court has approved a bid by Masae Torai, a campaigner for transsexual rights, to alter his officially registered sex to male from female.

“It has become possible for me to lead a life as other people do. It was our desire,” Torai, a 40-year-old freelance writer, said after receiving the court’s decision.

He was among the first to apply to a family court after landmark legislation took effect in July enabling people with gender identity disorder to change their sex in family registries under certain conditions.

Some 10 other people nationwide have already been allowed to alter their registered sex under the new law, according to Torai. He underwent a sex-change operation in the United States in the late 1980s.