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Otsuka Takashi, Pioneer of the 90’s Gay Boom, on LGBT Progress in Japan

“We must take action lest we allow the movement to fade” Huffington Post Japan 4/2/16 Fuelled by the introduction of same-sex partnership systems in various municipalities across Japan,…

No, there has never been same-sex marriage in Japan

The Japan Times recently ran an article titled “Same-sex marriages? Japan’s been there, done that, kind of” on November 16th as part of its “bilingual” column. The piece…

My Coming Out / My Good Day

(English below) こんにちは。 お久しぶりです。 つい先週、僕は両親にカミングアウトをしました。 少し複雑なので詳しくは書きませんが、どうぞ見ていって ください。

Japanese Ministry of Justice Releases “Human Rights Public Awareness Video” Explaining LGBTQ

This morning, I came across a wonderful (Japanese only) video resource titled “Living As Yourself – Sexual Minorities and Human Rights” (あなたがあなたらしく生きるために・性的マイノリティと人権), which was recently created by the…

Steady Progression

Hello everyone! For those of you living in colder climates, are you getting through the winter unscathed? Here in Fukuoka, the signs of spring are already revealing themselves….

Recognition of Same-Sex Couples in Japan? Shibuya Ward on the Forefront of Equality

Big news coming out of Japan today. Tokyo’s Shibuya Ward is planning on issuing non-legally binding certificates indicating that same-sex partners are in “relationships equivalent to marriage,” the…

Winter Days and LGBT News from Japan

I hope that everyone’s years are off to a good start! Taku and I have been hanging out as we normally do. After the nine day New Year’s holiday we…

Happy New Year 2015!

Happy New Year! 明けましておめでとうございます! Now that it’s all over, I can honestly say that 2014 was my best year in a long time. I’m certainly going to make the best…

“Don’t judge a book by its cover!” ; Japanese Drama ‘Gomen Ne Seishun’ Tackles Transgender Acceptance

This Autumn, I’ve been watching the TBS Drama 「ごめんね青春」(Gomen-ne Seishun), a drama about a teacher, Heisuke Hara (Kanjyani 8’s Nishikido Ryo), a man still filled with guilt over…