Nara City announced to be a member of the IGLTA

On October 1st, Mr. Nakagawa – Mayor of Nara prefecture has announced to be a member of the IGLTA (International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association) as the first Japanese local government to do so. A LGBT Seminar for the hospitality industry was held in Tokyo on September 29th and in Kyoto on September 30th, 2015. (The organizer was Out Asia Travel)  Ms. LoAnn Halden – Public relations director of IGLTA – was one of the speakers, and she visited the Nakagawa mayor in Nara city hall on October 1st, 2015. Ms. LoAnn Halden said “It is important to show the
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“Work of LGBT” – LGBT theme program in NHK has been broadcasted

LGBT theme program – “Work of LGBT” has been broadcasted at “Baribara”- barrie-free variety program of  E Tele (NHK education), as the first in a series “Sexual minorities”.  (For your information, the second round theme is “Double minority”) This program provides a way to show society how to recognize the mutual diversity, by hearing the stories from LGBT personal experiences. Some examples are “Job hunting after coming out is struggling”, “Repeatedly changing career due to discriminatory behavior in the workplace makes life so painful”.  The guest for this program was MTF transgender Ai Haruna. Ms. Maki Muraki – NPO Nijiiro
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Toshima-ku guidance for improvement to the incident “Rejection of single room accommodation for same-sex couples”

On September 25th at Toshima parliament plenary session, Mr. Taiga Ishikawa – openly gay subdivision parliament revealed the reality that more than half of accommodations in Toshima wards are rejecting single bed room use of same-sex couples, and Toshima wards decided provide guidance for improvement. In Article 5 of the Hotel Business Law, it is forbidden to refuse the accommodation, except where there is a risk of illegal activities such as infectious disease patients and gambling. However, according to the survey for hotels and inns in Toshima wards by Taiga Ishikawa, 143 facilities in 45 properties refuse men staying together
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“Tokyo Graffiti” finally uses LGBT couples as the main feature and cover page!

The culture magazine “Tokyo Graffiti” use LGBT couples as the main feature and use their colorful pictures for their cover page. “Tokyo Graffiti” featured LGBT couples in the past, in the LGBT feature issue entitled “Tokyo Rainbow Graffiti” on March 2015. The October issue is “LGBT COUPLES @ Shibuya – Gay, lesbian … etc. Shape of various love”. Total of 15 varieties of couples, such as famous gay couples on TV, a Writer/Drag queen & FTM DJ couple, a MTF & a Straight person couple, gay couples married in the United States, a lesbian couple working in the same workplace
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Census 2015 : How same-sex couples are treated ?

In Japan, Census is carried out through September to October. This year, the new thing is an online ID of the Census is delivered to each household. In order to grasp the reality of people’s lives, all of the people who live (including the people of foreign nationality) were surveyed in Japan, and counting the results will be reflected in government policy. Since its purpose is to respect privacy, each answer is not checked against the Basic Resident Register or family register. In a conventional Census, when a partner selects a same-sex partner for their answer in members of the
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“AERA” featured LGBT

The September 14th, 2015 issue of “AERA”, a news magazine in Japan, (Asahi Shimbun published) published a 10 page special called “The future is clear after meeting you – LGBT”.  The eyes are drawn to the rainbow colored letter A in the “AERA” logo on the cover. In the contents of “My future is clear after meeting you” various couples are introduced such as a lesbian couple who married at the Tokyo Metropolitan Government 45th floor observation room, Mr. Walter & Mr. Inatsugi who work for Goldman Sachs, Ms. Arita Rika & Sara (happy photo with their child) who work
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The cover of “Nikkei Business magazine” colored in the rainbow with the character of “LGBT”

The cover of the August 24th, 2015 issue of Nikkei Business was colored in the rainbow, and the character of “LGBT” was dance. The main feature title was “Ultimate diversity LGBT- Your company cannot ignore.” It was a great feature total of 22 pages. This is the second LGBT feature since 2007. “Nikkei Business” August 24 issue, 2015 “Ultimate diversity LGBT” Table of contents Page 26: Two of the reality that you do not know Page 28: Basic knowledge of LGBT Page 30: Chain reaction began Shibuya, Tokyo – October Revolution “Anguish for 10 million people – If left for
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Mainichi Shimbun has published an editorial that appeal and the development of the Basic Law to protect the human rights of sexual minorities

On August 20, 2015, editorial that “the legislation examined protect sexual minorities human rights” was published in the Mainichi Shimbun. Sexual minorities are facd with various difficulties in society such as receiving discriminatory treatment of workplace, bullied at school, and it cause the high suicide rate because of not being consulted with familiar people.  In such a situation, they ask  the government to enact the legislation for the purpose of such discrimination resolved The United Nations also works on the countries to eliminate discrimination and violence against sexual minorities. At National Assembly in this year, bipartisan lawmakers Federation to consider
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Shop Japan announced to give marriage leave & marriage cash contributions to employees who have same-sex partners

As of August 4th, Oak Lawn Marketing (Headquarter in Nagoya, Japan. Under the umbrella company of NTT DOCOMO) – maker of the television shopping program Shop Japan – announced that employees who have same-sex partners will be given a marriage cash contribution and six days marriage leave if they have a public certificate issued by a certain institution. This company’s regulation materialized after Shibuya-ku, Tokyo,  announced to issue certificates to same-sex couples when employees brought up the topic of equality for sexual minorities (LGBT) in their company. This company employs 480 people, and most of them are working in Tokyo.
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Following the Shibuya-ku, Setagaya-ku announced the outline proposal to issue a public document same-sex couples

As of July 29th, Setagaya wards in Tokyo reported the outline proposal for public documents acknowledgment of same-sex couples. Although a specific effect of the documents issued by the district are not specified in the outline proposal, same-sex couples are likely to be treated similar to spouses of the opposite sex marriage in the context of such visitation at the time of emergency in a hospital and rental housing tenants, etc…  It is expected to precede the elimination of prejudice and detriment to sexual minorities (LGBT).  Setagaya Wards plan to issue the documents to the prospect in November 2015. According
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