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LGBT Rights in Japan 2016: The Year in Review

On December 14, Google revealed its annual Year in Search, shining a light on the most popular search queries of 2016. The breakout searches were to be expected:…

Osaka’s Yodogawa Ward Launches First-Ever LGBT Awareness Poster Campaign

Yodogawa Ward in Osaka City is unique in that it became the first municipality in Japan to declare support for LGBT individuals back in 2013. And according to…

10 Issues Facing Japanese LGBT Jobseekers

On October 11th, Huffington Post Japan revealed the results of a survey of LGBT job seekers and transferees regarding issues they’ve faced on the job or while job…

On Translating Japanese and LGBT Terminology

When writing about LGBT related topics, it can be difficult to select the correct words. Having only started writing about such things in recent years, I have often…

Review: GAYCATION Episode 1: Japan

Gaycation Ellen Page February 28, 2016 Viceland, 44 minutes  Digital Many of you have no doubt heard that VICELAND has launched the first episode of the documentary series…

Review: ‘Gisou No Fuufu’

Gisou no Fuufu (偽装の夫婦) Yukawa Kazuhiko (screenwriter) 2015.10.7 Nippon TV, 44 minutes (12 episodes) Blu-ray, DVD, Digital  「偽装の夫婦」(Gisou no Fuufu, Fake Marriage) is the story of Kamon Hiro (Amami Yuki),…

LGBT Rights in Japan 2015: The Year in Review

Since 1995, a “kanji of the year” has been selected by national ballot and announced on December 12. The kanji is meant to represent the events of the…

No, there has never been same-sex marriage in Japan

The Japan Times recently ran an article titled “Same-sex marriages? Japan’s been there, done that, kind of” on November 16th as part of its “bilingual” column. The piece…

Expat and Gay in Japan: How to Find Gay Bars (and More!)

Just as is common in other countries, bars have served as a meeting place and safe haven for queer people in Japan. However, while big cities have more…