“FC Ryukyu” adopts a rainbow-colored uniform.

A J3 soccer team based in Okinawa called”FC Ryukyu” adopted a new uniform with a rainbow-colored left sleeve. It is the first attempt to show acceptance and understanding of LGBT people among all Japanese sport teams. On February 12th, “FC Ryukyu” announced 5 new players and showed the team’s new uniform in Naha City, Okinawa. midfielder Juan, forward Pablo, forward Leonard, defender Shuhei, Takizawa, and defender Katsuhiro Hamada, who officially joined the team last January, attended the press conference. Mr. Takizawa and Mr. Hamada were wearing the new uniform with a rainbow-colored left sleeve. A big rainbow flag and the
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Japanese style wedding ceremony is now available to international same- sex couples.

Ahsh Inc., a wedding company in Osaka started their new service “Equal Wedding Japan” that offers Japanese style wedding ceremony to international same-sex couples. Ahsh Inc. provides international same-sex couples and transgender couples with a variety of Japanese traditional wedding clothes. International same-sex-couples and transgender couples are able to hold a wedding ceremony in places such as a Japanese traditional house in Kyoto, a Nohgaku stage, a Japanese style shrine in a hotel, and Toei Kyoto Studio Park. All the procedures will be taken care of by English-speaking assistants. On Ahsh Inc.’s website, you can see great pictures of same-sex
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Kinema Junpo magazine announced the top ten films. Ryosuke Hashiguchi, a Japanese film director, won the awards for Best Japanese Director and Best Screenwriter and his latest film “Koibitotachi”(The Lovers) ranked 1st among the top ten Japanese films.

The 89th Kinema Junpo Magazine Best Ten Films was announced and Ryosuke Hashiguchi, an openly gay film director won the awards for Best Japanese Director and Best Japanese Screenwriter. His latest film, “Koibitotachi”(The Lovers), ranked 1st among the top ten films and Atsushi Shinohara, who plays the lead in “Koibitotatchi”(The Lovers), won the award for Best New Actor. Hashiguchi’s latest film,“Koibitotachi”(The Lovers)”, which is his first feature film in 7 years, was released last November. The film portrays lives of three people living with diverse backgrounds. Atsushi, whose wife was killed by a random killer on the street, still remains
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Group home for LGBT people will open in Nagoya.

Staff of “Kobo Dormitory” is making bed. “Kobo Dormitory,”which means “rainbow hope dormitory,” a private residence for LGBT people living with mental disorder, opened in Nagoya. The group home was built by those who also suffer from depression and other mental disorders in the hope of providing a safe environment for people living with mental disorders. “Kobo Dormitory” is sponsored by “Kobo-Kai”, a general incorporated association that supports LGBT individuals in Nagoya City. “Kobo-Kai” runs the group home and supports their residents based on Services and Supports for Persons with Disabilities Act. 6 people with mental disorders, such as depression
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The winners of Gender Neutral Toilet Sign Award were announced.

PROUD, a LGBT-related group that aims to achieve a better life environment for LGBT individuals in Takamatsu City in Kagawa Prefecture, announced the winners of Neutral Toilet Sign Award on December 24th. 2 designs were selected by vote among112 designs. The group will ask public entities and companies to display the signs in multipurpose toilets in Kagawa Prefecture. Restroom access issues frequently bother transgender people. (Sometimes, they meet with severe criticisms when they enter a restroom based on their sex identity.) Even though they try to use a multipurpose restroom, there are no signs for them so they say it
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Iga City in Mie Prefecture will start issuing same-sex partnership certificates in next April.

Soichi Yamaguchi who is the chief of LGBT group “ELLY” was handed LGBT’s opinion to chairman of Iga City Council. On December 25th, Iga City in Mie Prefecture announced that the city is going to start issuing same-sex partnership certificates to same-sex couples who submitted required applications to its ward office from next April. Iga City has worked on eliminating discrimination against sexual minorities and held seminars and workshops with LGBT people. After Shibuya ward in Tokyo started issuing same-sex partnership certificates in November, 2015, Takarazuka City in Hyogo Prefecture also announced that the city is going to issue similar
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Democratic Party of Japan has made a decision to submit a bill to the Diet to eliminate discrimination toward LGBT people in Japan.

Goshi Hosono(center) who is policy chief of Democratic Party was joined Tokyo Rainbow Pride 2015. Democratic Party of Japan has decided to submit a bill to the Diet to eliminate discrimination toward LGBT people in Japan. The bill will be submitted to the Diet on January 4th, 2016. The legislation will ban discrimination toward LGBT people by businesses and local governments. It will also require schools to establish a counseling system for those who identify as LGBT and promote understanding of the issues facing them. According to the outline created by the DPJ’s working team, discrimination based on gender identity
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Chiba City now shows a positive attitude toward issuing same-sex partnership certificates.

Azusa(left) is FtM transgender, and Tsubaki(right) is pansexual woman. They have relationship and acting for same-sex partnership certification in Chiba. On December 15th, Yoshihiko Kaneoya, the head of Chiba Civic Affairs Bureau showed a positive attitude issuing same-sex partnership certificates in responding to questions about same-sex partnership certificates in Shibuya and Setagaya wards, asked by Masayoshi Fuse, a member of Future Democratic Party For Chiba(Mirai Minshu Chiba). In the city council, Fuse asked Kaneoya whether or not Chiba City needs to start working on a new measurement to acknowledge same-sex partners. In response, Kaneoya said, “We need further discussions on
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IBM Japan, Ltd to recognize same-sex couples.

Atsushi Kawada, an openly gay staff of IBM Japan was honored as “Best of IBM” last year. On November 30th, IBM Japan, Ltd is now ready to create a new system, “IBM Partner Registration System,” that recognizes their employees’ partners as equivalent to marriage as one of their policies to make a work environment where all the employees including those who identify as LGBT can display their abilities to the full. The new system will go into effect from January, 2016. Diversity of races, cultures, thought,and gender is IBM’s source of innovation and one of the most fundamental parts of
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Naha City is now in discussion to issue same-sex partnership certificates.

Right side woman is the Mayor of Naha City, Mikiko Shiroma. Left side man is a representative of Pink Dot Okinawa, Hideki Sunagawa. Naha City, the second municipality in Japan which made a declaration of its LGBT supports called, “Naha, the city of sexual diversity (Naha Rainbow Declaration)”at Pink Dot Okinawa in last June, announced that discussions are going to take place regarding same-sex partnership certificates which recognize same-sex couples as equivalent to marriage and introduce an ordinance for same-sex couples in 2016 or later. The city is planning to visit Shibuya and Setagaya wards which have already started issuing
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