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Over 100,000 Attend Tokyo Rainbow Pride; Appeal for LGBT-Inclusive Society

Livedoor News 5/9/2017 Over two days on May 6th and 7th, an estimated 105,000 individuals attended Tokyo Rainbow Pride to appeal for the creation of a society where…

Setagaya Ward Announces Same-Sex Partnership Milestone; 50 Couples Registered

NHK 5/3/2017 It has been announced that 50 couples have registered using the same-sex partnership system in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo. The ward plans to continue to advance its policies…

Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 Kicks Off; Democratic Party Leader Makes Address

Blogos 5/1/2017 Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 will take place at various locations in Tokyo from April 29th through May 7th. The event aims to deepen the understanding of LGBT and other…

Japanese Student Film Imagines a World Where Homosexuality is Majority

Asahi Shinbun Digital 4/2/2017 “Following similar movements across Europe and the Americas, the National Diet has prohibited heterosexuality in Japan.” ‘The Other Side’ , created last year by…

Urasoe City, Okinawa Declares Support For LGBT, Raises Rainbow Flag

Ryukyu Shimpo 1/4/2017 On the morning of January 4th, the city of Urasoe raised a rainbow flag, the symbol of sexual diversity, in front of city hall. At…

Sapporo City to Recognize Same-Sex Couples

NHK 12/22/2016 In 2017, the city of Sapporo will implement a system that recognizes the relationships of same-sex couples as “equivalent to marriage”. It will become the first…

Japanese Transgender Idol Unit “SECRET GUYZ” Overcome Gender Boundaries

Suponichi Annex 11/26/2016 SECRET GUYZ, Japan’s first ever FtM idol group, is broadening the scope of its activities to spread understanding of sexual minorities as it cements its…

Rainbow Parade for LGBT Awareness Held in Kumamoto City 

Kumanichi.com 11/14/2016  Rainbow Parade Kumamoto, an event which aims to create understanding of sexual minorities, was held on November 12 in downtown Kumamoto City. About 200 people marched magnificently…

Japan’s First Ever ‘Pride Index’ Awards 53 Companies ‘Gold’ Rank

Huffington Post Japan 10/27/2016 Work With Pride, a private organization created through the efforts of IBM Japan and Human Rights Watch which works for the creation of LGBT-friendly…