Revised Japanese Hotel Industry Guidelines Clearly Condemn LGBT Discrimination

Asahi Shimbun Digital 2018/2/2

“Hotels and inns may not refuse accomodation to same-sex couples.”

The Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare, has made revisions to the management guidelines for hotels and inns and has stated that careful consideration must be to taken in order not to refuse accommodation on the grounds of sexual identity or gender identity. Refusing accommodation to same-sex couples has already been established as a violation of management guidelines, but the announcement is being seen as an attempt to directly address and clarify the Ministry’s position against discrimination.
Among the revisions made to the hotel guidelines on January 31st, the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare gave specific examples of requests that should not be rejected, such as reserving a room with a double bed. The guidelines will be enforced beginning on June 15.

In 2016, in response to the refusal of male same-sex couples at love hotels, the Ikebukuro Health Center in Toshima Ward, Tokyo and the Ikeda Public Health Center in Osaka prefecture advised love hotels in their respective municipalities to allow such guest. A special committee of the Liberal Democratic Party also requested the government to make improvements on this issue in the same year.

Source – 同性カップルの宿泊拒否ダメ 旅館業の管理要領に明記

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