Monthly Archives August 2017

Satoshi Tsumabuki won the best supporting actor award at the Japan Academy Awards for playing a gay man in the film “RAGE.”

A scene from the film “RAGE” right: Satoshi Tsumabuki as Yuma left: Go Ayano as Naoto On March 3rd, the 40th Japan Academy Awards was held in Tokyo. Satoshi Tsumabuki and Go Ayano received the best supporting actor awards for playing a gay couple in the film “RAGE.” The film became a topic of conversation for depicting real lives of gay people in Japan. They are probably the first actors who received the Japan Academy Awards for playing gay men in Japan. “Thank you, thank you. I never thought this could happen tonight and I wouldn’t have received this award
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Revision to Basic Principles for Preventing Bullying asks for better understanding of LGBT students among school teachers.

It’s one scene from ”The Nail That Sticks Out Gets Hammered Down LGBT bullying and exclusion in Japanese schools”. The caption of this scene says “some teachers have direct homophobia”. Basic Principles for Preventing Bullying will be revised to stipulate LGBT students are also under the protection of the principles at educational institutions. On February 7th, Bullying Prevention Committee agreed on the revision to prevent bullying towards LGBT students. Manuals for dealing with bullying will be sent to schools. The manuals stipulate the importance of better understanding of sexuality, gender identity,and gender identity disorder and measures to be taken in
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A new housing listing service for same-sex couples by SUUMO.

The character of Recruit Sumai Company and its staff at Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 SUUMO, a well-known website for housings administrated by Recruit Sumai Company, is to launch a new housing listing service for same- sex couples starting this summer. They will be able to live together in the housings listed on the website. “There’s been a lot of voices from LGBT people crying for housings that accept same- sex couples. We hope to support the community by introducing LGBT-friendly housing owners to them.” Recruit Sumai Company commented on the new service. The company will start to add lists of
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Transgender people who haven’t been allowed to change gender on family registry are now allowed to use an alias on their health insurance card.

A transgender woman who underwent a sex- change operation and runs a company in Kyoto city consulted with the national health insurance association in Kyoto about using her female name on her health insurance card. The association allowed her to do so. She is the first woman in Japan that is allowed to use an alias on a document as formal as an identification card such as a health insurance card. The transgender woman, who’s in her 50s, was diagnosed with gender identity disorder in 2012 and underwent a sex-change operation in 2014. However, she was not allowed to identify
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Fukushima Prefecture to implement Japan’s first measures for better understanding of LGBTs.

Mr.Maekawa speaking at the seminar of Diversity Fukushima On January 27th, a rough draft was proposed to the council as a part of the revised proposal of Basic Act for Gender Equal Society in Fukushima Prefecture. The draft, aimed at achieving better understanding of LGBTs and setting up a consultation system at educational institutions in the prefecture will be enacted by the end of March this year. According to Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation(J-ALL), other prefectures have already created basic plans for LGBT rights in Japan, but Fukushima Prefecture is the first local government that will start specific measures for
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