A transgender woman,who was denied the use of facilities as a woman, filed a lawsuit against Konami Sports Club Co and reached a settlement.

A transgender woman in the city of Kyoto reached a settlement in a dispute over the use of female facilities in Konami Sports Club Co. The transgender woman had been unable to change her gender status on the family register due to her underage daughter when she was denied the request by the fitness club. The manager of the club forced her to use male facilities “as a man” in the way of “not causing inconveniences to other users.” She filed a lawsuit with the Kyoto District Court and reached a settlement this month. Yuki Kono(a fictitious name), a transgender
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LGBT is featured on AERA

AERA, one of the most popular weekly magazines in Japan, features LGBT this month. The magazine picked LGBT as the cover story two years ago, putting a rainbow decoration on its logo and Tiffany’s advertisement with a couple of gay models on it. This time, the cover story has a richer content than the last one. One thing which is very different from other LGBT featured magazines is that AERA does not blindly believe today’s LGBT-friendly trend, spurred by big companies in Japan. The cover story begins with the title, “Illusion of LGBT trend. What’s behind the shiny rainbow? What
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Same-sex Partnership Declaration System is to start in Sapporo City.

On June 1st, Sapporo City, Hokkaido launched “Sapporo City Same-Sex Partnership Declaration System” to officially recognize same-sex couples living in the city. Under the new partnership system, the city issues a copy of the partnership certificate to same-sex coupes who have submitted a written oath of their partnership. Anyone, who is twenty or older and living in the city, or planning to do so, can apply for the certificate. Although it is not legally- binding, the city has set the guidelines and will allow same-sex couples to receive life insurance payouts, visit their partner in hospital, and make a lease
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“Eigatengoku” from Nippon Television Network to broadcast four LGBT movies during the “LGBT-Pride-Month”

“Eigatengoku,” a Japanese midnight TV show that broadcasts a variety of movies, created by Nippon Television Network, is to broadcast an LGBT movie four weeks in a raw, starting from June 5th. June is “LGBT-Pride-Month” and “Eigatengoku” decided to do this “LGBT Film Festival” to celebrate “LGBT-Pride- Month.” Nippon Television Network will become the first major private key station that publicly broadcasts a set of LGBT movies in Japan. (TOKYO MX, a terrestrial broadcasting station broadcast “Breakfast on Pluto” as part of the projects for supporting Tokyo Rainbow Pride in 2014.) The four movies are “Loose Cannons,” “Ma vie en
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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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