Japan has elected its first trans man into public office. The country has made the landmark step with the election of Tomoya Hosoda as a councillor for the city of Iruma. The 25-year-old won of the 22 seats up for grabs in the election. The country elected its first trans politician in 2003, Kamikawa Aya.
Some 5,000 participants marched in the Tokyo Rainbow Pride on Sunday to show support for the LGBTQ community in Japan. The cheerful crowd waved banners and rainbow flags, with some members in drag or dressed in other costumes, as they marched through downtown Tokyo rallying for more visibility and rights for LGBTQ individuals in the country. ‘Everyone should
Shibuya will issue certificates recognizing gay unions as ‘equal to marriage’. Shibuya ward in Tokyo has become the first locale in Japan to recognize gay couples, a major step forward for LGBTI rights in the conservative country. The district assembly Tuesday (31 March) voted overwhelmingly in favor of issuing certificates recognizing same-sex unions as ‘equivalent to
Committee wants to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts. Japanese lawmakers Tuesday (17 March) formed a cross-party group to stamp out anti-gay discrimination in the country by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Hiroshi Hase, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) member and leader of the committee, said they wanted to avoid a repeat of the Sochi boycotts over
Japanese author’s latest novel features a same-sex relationship. Japan’s best-known living author Haruki Murakami has said he supports gay marriage. The Nobel Prize favorite made the declaration yesterday (21 January) on Mr Murakami’s Place, a temporary website he set up to answer readers’ questions. One reader asked his view on gay marriage as his latest
Akie Abe, the first lady of Japan, joined gay, lesbian and transgender people celebrating gay pride in Tokyo, Japan today (27 April). Abe was joined by over 3,000 participants in the Shibuya district of Tokyo. The 51-year-old, who is the wife of conservative Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, wore a white suit adorned with rainbow badges.