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SEXUAL MINORITIES

JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 27, 2019
Court rejects damages claim against Hitotsubashi University over death of outed gay student
A court rejected a damages suit filed against a Tokyo university by the parents of a graduate student who died after he was outed as gay by another student.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Sep 5, 2018
LGBT politicians seek explanation from LDP Diet member Mio Sugita after controversial commentary about same-sex couples
Politicians and civil rights leaders from sexual minority communities on Wednesday demanded a Liberal Democratic Party Diet member thoroughly explain what she meant by saying LGBT couples are "unproductive," and thus unworthy of government assistance.
EDITORIALS
Aug 2, 2018
Eliminate bias against sexual minorities
The controversy triggered by an LDP lawmaker's article on LGBT people should be turned into a broad public discussion on what policy steps to take to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 10, 2018
Women's university in Japan officially announces new policy to start accepting transgender students from 2020
In what is believed to be a first in Japan, a prestigious national women's university officially announced Tuesday its new policy to open doors from 2020 to people who were assigned as male at birth but identify as female, saying it's a natural decision that takes gender diversity into account.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Feb 15, 2018
Chiba Bar Association to remove gender boxes from forms in line with new LGBT-sensitive policy
A local bar association said Wednesday that its policy toward the creation of a respectful environment for sexual minorities calls for removing unnecessary sex-identity questions on registration forms.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jul 20, 2017
Books give elementary school pupils wider exposure to LGBT issues
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.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 16, 2017
Sexual orientation remains a taboo subject in schools, leaving students in the dark
Whenever Shigeyoshi Suzuki, 39, a public elementary school teacher in Tokyo, sees children voicing anti-gay slurs or taunts, he will always put a stop to it and make them aware of the harms of such discrimination.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 3, 2017
LGBTQ abuse victims suffering in silence
Ray Tanaka's high-pitched giggle is infectious. Yet the 51-year-old bears visible signs of less humorous times. Scars peaking through tightly cropped hair are telltale signs of severe beatings at the hands of a former partner who had transitioned to male.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Mar 30, 2017
Hair care and taxi fares: Firms offer new class of job-seekers a variety of services
The job-hunting season kicked off this month for university students due to graduate next spring, and companies are offering services to assist them while promoting their businesses at the same time.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jul 20, 2016
Bilingual guidebook to help LGBT community in natural disasters
A bilingual guideline designed for sexual minorities during times of natural disasters has been published in a bid to raise public awareness about problems they may face at emergency shelters.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Feb 17, 2016
Third Japanese municipality recognizes same-sex unions
The city of Iga, Mie Prefecture, has announced it will start issuing certificates recognizing same-sex partnerships starting in April, Japan's third municipal government and the first outside Tokyo to take such a step.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Oct 22, 2015
Fuji TV announces Japan-first lesbian drama, but attracts criticism for 'outdated' portrayal
Fuji Television has announced a drama series featuring a lesbian love story as its central theme — a first for Japan.
JAPAN
Aug 5, 2015
TV shopping channel operator to recognize same-sex marriage among its ranks
Oak Lawn Marketing Inc., which runs the Shop Japan TV shopping channel, said Tuesday that it will extend monetary benefits and vacation leave to employees who receive official recognition of same-sex marriage, treating them equally to heterosexual couples.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 29, 2015
Japanese gay rights activists, academics say U.S. marriage ruling may help their cause
Gay rights activists and legal experts said Monday they hope the historic U.S. Supreme Court ruling in favor of same-sex marriage will give impetus to moves in Japan to embrace sexual diversity and go a long way toward initiating calls for legalization of gay marriages here.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Jun 26, 2015
LDP politician says Takarazuka LGBT initiative will turn city into 'center of HIV infections'
An assembly member in Takarazuka, Hyogo Prefecture, said the municipal government's efforts to support sexual minorities will encourage such people to move there and make the city "the center of HIV infections."
Japan Times
JAPAN
May 20, 2015
Website aims to help LGBT job seekers find a comfortable workplace
A sexual minorities support group has launched a job hunting website to help students discover which employers are proactive on issues specific to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender staff.
Japan Times
JAPAN
Apr 26, 2015
Rainbow parade celebrates LGBT equality push
Some 3,000 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people paraded through Tokyo's Shibuya district Sunday afternoon to demonstrate their hope that Japanese society will continue to forge ahead with recent moves to embrace equality and diversity.
JAPAN / Politics
Mar 17, 2015
Multiparty group to examine LGBT discrimination
A group of lawmakers on Tuesday launched a multiparty caucus to examine discrimination against sexual minorities in a move expected to further intensify debate ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Japan Times
JAPAN / NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
Feb 15, 2015
LGBT students may be ready to come out, but are Japan's schools ready to accept them?
When university student Osamu Inoue, 19, came out openly in high school two years ago and admitted he was gay, he had hoped that at least his school would have adopted a more positive attitude toward sexual minorities.
EDITORIALS
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.

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