Tag Archive | Japan

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

Japan: PM race may lead to same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – LGBTQ rights activists are hoping that Japan may finally allow same-sex marriage if Taro Kono, who has publicly supported gay marriage, becomes the country’s next prime minister, but change will not come easily. Kono is seen as the leading contender to win the ruling party’s leadership vote on Wednesday and become premier.

Film Review & Trailer: Minamata

Film Review & Trailer: Minamata

Review By Frances Winston Directed by: Andrew Levitas – Starring: Johnny Depp, Hiroyuki Sanada, Minami, Jun Kunimura, Ryo Kase, Tadanobu Asano, Bill Nighy, Katherine Jenkins In cinemas now! Minamata is an area in Japan that was devastated by the effect of mercury poisoning, and what became known as Minamata disease. This disease is caused by […]

Olympics: LGBTQ athletes put focus on Japan

Olympics: LGBTQ athletes put focus on Japan

(Reuters) – More than 160 openly LGBTQ athletes are due to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, making this year’s Games the most inclusive ever. That has put a focus on host nation Japan, which activists say is out of step with much of the rest of the world, having not seen the same sweeping […]

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

As sports fans count down to the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, the eyes of LGBT+ activists are firmly focused on Japan’s parliament, with the goal of using the global spotlight to end discrimination against gay, bisexual, and transgender people. More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to […]

Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by ruling

Japanese same-sex couple overjoyed by ruling

(Reuters) – Jenny and Narumi wept for happiness last week when a Japanese court ruled that barring same-sex marriages was unconstitutional, a decision that allowed them to move a step closer to a legal marriage and starting a family. The ruling by the Sapporo district court, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex […]

Japan: Court says same-sex marriage bar ‘unconstitutional’

Japan: Court says same-sex marriage bar ‘unconstitutional’

(Reuters) – A Japanese court ruled on Wednesday that not allowing same-sex couples to get married is ‘unconstitutional’, setting a precedent in the only G7 nation not to fully recognise same-sex partnership. The ruling by a district court, the first in Japan on the legality of same-sex marriages, is a major symbolic victory, in a […]

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

OPINION: Japan’s universities lead gov’t on trans rights

By Anjelica Jarrett Four women’s universities in Japan allow trans women to attend, yet sterilising surgery is still a requirement for legal gender recognition When I was a sophomore in 2014 at Mount Holyoke College, a women’s college in Massachusetts, our college president announced that transgender women would be able to join our student body. […]

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 […]