Monthly Archives July 2018

Hiroshima Castle and Kanagawa municipal building to be illuminated during Human Rights Week 2017.

December 4 through December 10 is Human Rights Week. The Ministry of Justice and National Human Rights Committee Federation have established December 4 to 10 as “Human Rights Week” to raise public awareness for the respect of human rights through various events on the topic. Many more prefectures have decided to hold seminars about LGBTQ this year. This year, Hiroshima Castle was illuminated in rainbow colors for the first time. With the help of Hiroshima Sexual Minority Association, Hiroshima Castle has become the first national heritage that was illuminated in rainbow colors as part of the political measures for LGBTQ.
Read More

Takizawa Nanae, a former professional volleyball player, openly came out.

right:Nanae Takizawa, left:her partner Nanae Takizawa, a former professional volleyball player, openly came out as gay on a Japanese TV show that aired on November 16th. Nanae Takizawa had been known as “too beautiful for a volleyball player” and had been popular among volleyball fans when she joined a team “Pioneer Red Wings” in 2006. She retired in 2013. On the Japanese TV show, she appeared as an instructor for “Bijiri”, meaning nice- ass fitness. When she was asked whether she had someone special on the Japanese TV show, she openly came out as gay, saying that “Yes, I have never
Read More

George Takei visited Japan to exchange opinions with Diet members.

On November 8th, George Takei, one of the well-known actors from the movie “Star Trek”, visited Japan to exchange opinions with Diet members and also made his speech at the seminar held by Waseda University Gender Sexuality Center. The main purpose of his visit to Japan was to promote his new musical, “Allegiance”, which is based on his experience of Japanese internment. Mr. Takei says that he experienced discrimination as he grew up gay. In the 1950s and 1960s, the only place where he could be who he really was was the gay bar where a lot of his friends
Read More

Mayor of Fukuoka City surprises participants in Kyushu Rainbow Pride.

the center: Mr.Takashima, Mayor of Fukuoka City Kyushu Rainbow Pride 2017 took place on November 5th in Reisen Park, Fukuoka City, attracting as many as seven thousand participants. The venue was filled with excitement. In Reisen Park, the participants were enjoying booths run by Consulate of the United States in Fukuoka and many local companies such as Rainbow Soup and haco. Even big companies such as JAL and Hakata Marui were running booths. There were also some booths for children this year. Around the stage area, local drag queens, Bourbonne, Shimoji Masaaki, Kiyotaka, and members of Nijigumi Fight were entertaining
Read More

Gender Research Library, first special library for gender studies to open on the campus of Nagoya University.

Nagoya University announced that it will open Gender Research Library, the first special library for gender studies in Japan on November 1st. At Gender Research Library, people can have access to over 40,000 books and documents related to gender. It was built for the bettering of gender studies and providing more information related to gender. Anyone can use this library and it is likely to be a hot topic. There will be books on the history of women’s human rights and discrimination based on gender and diaries written by gay women in Gender Research Library. There will be six bathrooms.
Read More

Shinjuku Isetan held an event with a lot of drag queens.

On October 14th, Saturday, a fabulous event “PINK FOR ALL! Fashion Parade” was held at Shinjuku Isetan. The event livened up Shinjuku when many drag queens showed up. It was held as part of Shinjuku Town Festival 2017. Shinjuku Town Festival 2017 is an event aimed at spreading the charms of Shinjuku area as the town that embraces diversity the most in the world . This year marked the 38th anniversary. On the special stage on Shinjuku Street, Fashion Stage was held featuring a variety of performers from 12:30p.m to 4p.m. PINK FOR ALL! Fashion Parade was the last stage
Read More

Science Council of Japan (SCJ) releases policy recommendation of achieving marriage equality and establishing laws that ban discrimination against LGBTQ.

On September 29th, Science Council of Japan (SCJ) released policy recommendation: “Protection of Human Rights of Sexual Minorities. Engagement, Education and Labour.” ※SCJ was established in January 1949 as a “special organization” under the jurisdiction of the Prime Minister, operating independently of the government, for the purpose of promoting and enhancing the field of science, and having science reflected in and permeated into administration, industries and people’s lives. It represents Japan’s scientists both domestically and internationally with the firm belief that science is the foundation upon which a civilized nation is built. SCJ is extremely active in its deliberations, helping
Read More

Izumi Hosaka, a MtF transgender person elected in the city of Nemuro.

Izumi Hosaka, an openly MtF transgender woman living in the city of Nemuro, Hokkaido won her first election on September 10th. Twenty people ran for that election and she obtained the fifth most votes. Ms. Hosaka is registered as a man on family registry in Japan, but she lives as a woman and she openly came out as a transgender when she ran for that election. Another good news is the city of Nemuro stopped dividing candidates by sex from this election in response to the petition she made to the city for the abolishment of gender section on an
Read More