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Google Japan Airs Commercial Featuring Gay Man During Prime Time Music Program

Google Japan made a bold move during NHK’s annual Year-end Song Festival (紅白歌合戦), airing a commercial that featured, among others, a gay man. The Year-end Song Festival is aired every New…

LGBT Rights in Japan 2016: The Year in Review

On December 14, Google revealed its annual “Year in Search“, shining a light on the most popular search queries of 2016. The breakout searches were to be expected:…

Looking to the Future

I’ve finally completed my last shift of 2016, giving me time to update this blog and allowing me to start thinking about 2017.

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…

We’re Engaged! −「私たち、婚約しました♡」

Dear readers, Taku and I are happy to announce that we are engaged and plan to get married in the United States next year! We are currently applying…

Osaka’s Yodogawa Ward Launches First-Ever LGBT Awareness Poster Campaign

Yodogawa Ward in Osaka City is unique in that it became the first municipality in Japan to declare support for LGBT individuals back in 2013. And according to…

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…

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016 [Slideshow+Video]

Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2016, the third LGBT Pride event to be hosted in Fukuoka City, was held on November 6 in Fukuoka’s Reisen Park. Attendees of all ages,…