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DPJ pushes LGBT discrimination bill for joint submission with ruling bloc

JIJI

The Democratic Party of Japan has compiled the outline of a bill to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities and wants to jointly submit it to the Diet with the ruling camp on Jan. 4.

A working group from the nation’s largest opposition party crafted the outline, which calls for banning discrimination by companies against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees.

The outline calls on the government to encourage companies to take appropriate measures to eliminate discrimination against LGBT people and disclose the names of companies that fail to follow its instructions.

When considering promotion, companies must not give discriminatory treatment to employees based on their sexual orientation, it said.

In addition, the central government will be obliged to draw up basic guidelines for eliminating such discrimination, and local governments will be obliged to compile basic programs to implement concrete measures.

Also called for is the promotion of school education and consultations on sexual minorities and related issues.

Public awareness of the issue has been rising since Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward started issuing certificates recognizing same-sex couples as equivalent to married couples.

By highlighting its goal of encouraging society to respect human diversity, the DPJ apparently hopes to boost its presence ahead of the House of Councilors election next summer, critics said.

The DPJ aims to win support for the bill from the conservative Liberal Democratic Party and Komeito, the LDP’s coalition partner, through a suprapartisan group of lawmakers on LGBT issues.

But it is uncertain whether the DPJ can achieve joint sponsorship with the ruling camp, because some LDP lawmakers strongly oppose such legislation, sources familiar with the situation said.

  • CLJF

    The politicians should ensure that discrimination against women, a much larger and economically significant group, is tackled effectively first, but maybe they just don’t really want to/think it’s too difficult.

    • R0ninX3ph

      Its quite clear none of the politicians in Japan really want any of it… with such strong language as “should encourage companies to…”

      They could just out and out make discrimination of any form illegal, and fine businesses and people for discriminating against others, but they don’t. Why? Because they don’t actually care.

  • Episonix

    About time. Gay rights are human rights.