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Streets flooded with colour for Tokyo Pride 2024

Graham Robson April 22, 2024

The streets of Tokyo‘s Shibuya Ward were flooded with colour on April 21 as 15,000 community members and supporters participated in the 30th Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade. Over the last three decades, social attitudes toward sexual minorities in Japan have changed significantly, as evidenced by a landmark Sapporo High Court ruling, which declared in March […]

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Film

LGBTQ+ film ‘EGOIST’ part of the UK’s biggest celebration of Japanese film

Graham Robson January 4, 2024

The Japan Foundation Touring Film Programme, billed as the UK’s biggest festival of Japanese cinema, which has run for over 20 years, is to return this year from February 2 – March 31. This year’s programme features the LGBTQ+ film Egoist, which is based on the autobiographical novel Egoist by TAKAYAMA Makoto, known for his […]

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International News

Supreme Court of Japan makes ‚Äėlandmark decision‚Äô ruling surgery not required for legal gender change

Graham Robson October 25, 2023

The Supreme Court of Japan has today (October 25) issued a ruling in a family law case, declaring that the stipulation of the Special Law on Gender Identity Disorder, which mandates surgical sterilisation as a prerequisite for gender reassignment, is unconstitutional in Japan. This decision was based on the determination that the sterilisation requirement runs […]

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LGBTQ+ News

International LGBTQ+ Travel Association to take its Global Convention to Asia for the first time with Osaka, Japan announced as host destination for 2024

Graham Robson March 7, 2023

The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association (IGLTA) announced today, Tuesday, March 7, that it has selected Osaka, Japan as the destination for its 2024 Global Convention.

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General News

Study finds Japan’s workplaces lacking LGBTQ+ specific training and policies

Rachel Badham November 17, 2020

A new study by online financial services provider, Au Jibun Bank, found many Japanese workplaces are lacking LGBTQ+ inclusivity with only 36% conducting LGBTQ+ awareness training.

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General News

LGBTQ+ activists in Japan launch petition for equality law

Rachel Badham October 17, 2020

The Japan Alliance for LGBTQ+ Legislation launched a petition on Thursday 15 October in collaboration with various LGBTQ+ activists in the country to demand an official LGBTQ+ equality law is implemented in time for the Tokyo Olympics next year.

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