Ayumi Hamasaki updated her instagram to show her support to her beloved LGBT town, Ni-chome.


On May 17th, Ayumi Hamasaki, one of the most popular gay icons, expressed her support and love toward her beloved LGBT town, Ni-chome and her sentiments on the issues facing sexual minority in Japan. I’ve loved Ni-chome ever since my debut. I’ve spent so much time, good and sad, with my friends there. My youth wouldn’t be the same without Ni-chome. After my debut, I became really busy and I started going to Ni-chome. After work, I had dinner with my friends there. I went to Ni-chome, again and again, for girls night outs. My Ni-chome friends were always there
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Approximately 5,000 Tokyo Rainbow Pride participants marched for LGBT rights in Shibuya, gathering about 100,000 people. The biggest pride parade ever!

On May 6th and 7th, Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017 took place in Yoyogi Park. This year, about 5,000 participants, dressed in colorful costumes, marched in Shibuya and about 100,000 people gathered in total, which marked the highest number in its history. (According to the official website of Tokyo Rainbow Pride.) On the first day, there were more than 100 boothes in the park. What caught a lot of attention was “Nijihachi,” a huge rainbow bee monument decorated with colorful flowers by mixi. DIESEL had a really fabulous booth, too. Many LGBT performers such as Hoshikuzu Scat”, “Tokyo GEGEGAY”, and “Kiyotaka”
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Fuji Television Network, Odaiba is to 
light up rainbow illumination on May 5th.

Fuji Television, the first rainbow illumination in Tokyo On April 29th, Chiyo Abe, a well- known TV commentator from Fuji Television Network, hosted the opening reception of Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2017. During the reception, she announced that Fuji Television will light up rainbow illumination between at 7.p.m and at 9.p.m on May 5th. The rainbow illumination is part of the projects of her Internet TV project, “LGBT LIFE.” The Internet TV program, “LGBT LIFE” is created by a production team led by an openly lesbian TV director of “Houdoukyoku”, Mayumi Yamaguchi. She is also the founder of a lesbian support
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“Gender and Sexuality Center” has opened in Waseda University

In 2015, a competition entitled “Waseda Vision 150 Student Competiton” was held in Waseda University. In the competition, each student group gave a presentation of their choice and that year, “Team Diversity Waseda” won the 1st prize. In their presentation, the team talked about the importance of establishing a center for LGBTQ stundents on campus. This year, their vision finally came true.  In 2015, a competition entitled “Waseda Vision 150 Student Competiton” was held in Waseda University. In the competition, each student group gave a presentation of their choice and that year, “Team Diversity Waseda” won the 1st prize. In their
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Tokyo 2020 to prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

On March 24th, The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) released Sourcing Code for all the businesses involved in 2020 Tokyo, which prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Sourcing Code is a rule for all the businesses involved in the process of production and distribution related to Tokyo 2020 Olympics. It clearly prohibits discrimination against LGBT people never tolerates discriminatory businesses and services. It says “throughout the production, distribution and other processes of produced products, etc., suppliers, etc. should respect the rights of social minorities such as ethnic, cultural and sexual minorities
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Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo established guidelines for school teachers and city officials on how to deal with LGBTs to stop discrimination and harassment.

Bunkyo ward issued and handed out this card for residents’ education. On April 5th, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo established the guidelines for school teachers and the city officials on how to deal with LGBTs to stop discrimination and harassment. It is such a rare case for a local municipality to establish the specific guidelines for dealing with LGBTs, according to Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation(J-ALL) I will introduce some of what is written in the guidelines. The guidelines start from explaining the basic knowledge of LGBTs, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Chapter 2 : Dealing with residents.  “When it comes to
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Osaka the first city that allows same-sex couples to be foster parents.

A gay couple living in Osaka City has been recognized as foster parents in Osaka City. It is the first case in Japan that a gay couple became foster parents, according to municipal and central government officials. (there used to be a lesbian couple who was allowed to be a foster parent respectively and they started to live together with the foster child in Kanto region.) Last September, the gay couple sent their application form to the child guidance center to be foster parents. After taking multiple seminars required to deeply understand foster care system and its principles, the couple
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Sapporo City to certify same-sex partnership starting this June.

“Sapporo TV Tower”, the symbol of Sapporo City, is illuminated as rainbow in pride season On March 30th, Sapporo City announced the city will issue certificates that officially recognize same-sex partnership from this June. “Sapporo Partnership” was planned to be brought into effect this April, but it was postponed so that the city could have some time to make everyone in the city informed about it. The partnership system could have been mistaken for a system equivalent as marriage, so the city decided to explain the same-sex partnership certificate on its official website and PR magazine. For the recipients’ privacy,
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“Oriijin,” a new LGBTQ magazine to be published by DIAMOND, Inc.

On March 23rd, DIAMOND,Inc, one of the biggest business book publishers, has released its new magazine ,”Oriijin.” The new magazine was named after the Japanese word; “Nijiiro,” which means “rainbow.” “Oriijin” is the reverse reading of “Nijiiro.” “Oriijin” aims at providing an easily readable information on “diversity & inclusion” systems that have been introduced to many companies and issues facing LGBTQ community in Japan and in the world. The magazine repeatedly uses its newly coined word, “Kokoro Style,” which means a state of mind that respects, with responsibility, different values of others. If we have “Kokoro Style,” we can respects
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Grave-sharing service will start for same-sex couples.

“We would like to embrace sexual diversity by offering a grave to a same-sex couple.” ‘Shodaiji’ Temple, a temple of ‘Jodo Shinshu’ at Edogawa Ward, Tokyo, has announced a new service for same-sex couples who hope to share a grave together. In Japan, most people are buried at their family grave when they die. However, it has been difficult for same-sex couples to share a grave because same-sex couples are not legally treated as married. There is no laws that prohibit unmarried unions from getting buried in the same grave in Japan. However, according to Yokota Mutsumi, a senior research
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