Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

| Feb 28, 2015

Shibuya's same-sex move kicks off debate

by Philip Brasor

On Feb. 13, Asahi Shimbun’s daily Vox Populi, Vox Dei column mentioned Morizo and Kiccoro, the official mascots of the 2005 World Expo held in Aichi Prefecture. These two “woodland fairies” supposedly hailed from Seto, which issued them the same resident cards (jūminhyō) held ...

Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

by Mami Maruko

Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen ...

Feb 20, 2015

Officials pull plug on teacher survey about LGBT students

by Mami Maruko

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Education Bureau has halted an independent survey of how junior high and high schools cater to sexual minorities, citing problems with some of the questions. The organizers, a group calling itself Respect Life: White Ribbon Campaign, mailed questionnaires to staff ...

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Feb 11, 2015

Jenner drama comes at a pivotal time for transgender rights

Whether or not Olympic legend Bruce Jenner becomes its new champion, the U.S. transgender-rights movement is making remarkable strides on many fronts — ranging from mass-media visibility to legal protections. Yet despite the gains, activists say many transgender Americans, far more so than gays ...

Dec 23, 2014

Protecting sexual minorities' rights

A Japanese civic group survey has the ruling Liberal Democratic Party standing out from other parties in its failure to view issues involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual people as human rights problems.

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Dec 16, 2014

Rights monitors slam Russia for spiraling attacks on gays

Human Rights Watch sounded the alarm Monday over the rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, slamming Vladimir Putin’s government for “inaction” and urging a crackdown on hate crimes. The U.S.-based rights group said homophobic attacks increased in Russia after Putin signed a hugely ...