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Japan: LGBT+ Buddhist monk/make-up artist seeking equality

Japan: LGBT+ Buddhist monk/make-up artist seeking equality

During a sheltered upbringing in a Buddhist temple in Tokyo, gay Japanese monk Kodo Nishimura kept his sexuality a closely guarded secret, and also concealed his burgeoning love of make-up. Nowadays, Nishimura blends religious duties with work as a make-up artist, making him an unusual figure in socially conservative Japan, where same-sex marriage remains illegal […]

Japan: Firms back same-sex partnership in gay rights push

Japan: Firms back same-sex partnership in gay rights push

A Japanese charity has won the backing of businesses, from banks to insurers, for a new scheme offering digital partnership certificates, that allow same-sex couples to tap into the same staff benefits as heterosexual ones. The Famiee Project said it wanted to spur change, by tapping into growing business support for LGBT+ rights, in socially […]

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

Japan: Gay MP calls for same-sex marriage inclusion in constitution

(Reuters) – A conservative ally of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for discussion on revising Japan’s constitution to allow same-sex marriage, annoying colleagues in the ruling party who are against it, and also opposition parliamentarians who say enacting a simple law would clear the way. Japan has no anti-LGBT laws, although many LGBT people […]

Gay American sues Japan government for long-term visa

Gay American sues Japan government for long-term visa

(Reuters) – A US man, whose marriage to his Japanese husband is legally recognised in his country, sued the Japanese government on Wednesday for the same right to stay that a heterosexual couple would get, saying he was being denied a family life. According to Japanese law, foreign nationals married to Japanese in heterosexual marriages […]

Japan: More diversity in parliament

Japan: More diversity in parliament

(Reuters) – Japan’s parliament opened a special session on Thursday with its most diverse upper house yet, including more women, two severely disabled members and the first openly gay male lawmaker, all of whom were elected last month. Newly crowned Emperor Naruhito read from a scroll in a ceremony attended by members of both houses.

Japan: Election of gay lawmaker raises hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan: Election of gay lawmaker raises hopes for same-sex marriage

Japan’s first openly gay male lawmaker said on Tuesday he believed the country would legalise same-sex marriage, months after Taiwan became the first place in Asia to allow gay unions. Taiga Ishikawa, 45, was elected to parliament’s upper house on Sunday, on a platform calling for marriage equality, with the main opposition Constitutional Democratic Party, […]

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

Opinion: The WHO says I don’t have a mental disorder, but in Japan government says I do

By Fumino Sugiyama, Tokyo Rainbow Pride On Monday, the World Health Assembly voted to approve the 11th version of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD), a global manual of diagnostic codes for doctors. Among other changes, this version of the ICD removes the diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder (GID)”, meaning transgender people like me are […]

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

Japan: Gay couples file Valentine’s cases to marry

In Japan, 13 same-sex couples will go to court on Valentine’s Day calling for the right to marry, in a bid to become the first Asian country to allow gay marriage. The couples will file suits on February 14 in at least four cities, including Tokyo, claiming the government is violating their constitutional rights to […]

Japan: Gay couple to join legal challenge after marriage bid fails

Japan: Gay couple to join legal challenge after marriage bid fails

A couple who failed in an attempt to register their same-sex marriage in Japan vowed on Friday to take legal action to force the country to legalise gay weddings. Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann, who live in Yokohama, near Tokyo, attempted to register their marriage with local authorities on Wednesday after marrying in Germany last […]

Japan: 26 mock weddings for Japanese lesbian couple

Japan: 26 mock weddings for Japanese lesbian couple

A Japanese lesbian couple plan to stage wedding photos in every country around the world where same-sex marriage is legal, in a push to increase understanding of LGBT+ communities at home, they said on Wednesday. Students Misato Kawasaki, 21, and Mayu Otaki, 22, hope to give other LGBT+ people confidence in their identity, and raise awareness of issues such as […]