Books aimed at teaching elementary school students about issues concerning the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community have been published recently to deepen understanding about sexual minorities in Japan.

Publishers say the books that teach basic knowledge on how "anyone should be able to become happy, as oneself" are not only for those who identify as LGBT, but to educate teachers and children on how to respect others' rights and be accepting of different viewpoints.

"We want children who are not (of the LGBT community) and teachers to also read these books," said one book editor.