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Toyoake City, Aichi Declares Support for LGBT

Chunichi Shinbun 2017/8/23 On August 22, the city of Toyoake in Aichi Prefecture declared its support for sexual minorities and made a “Living Alongside LGBT Declaration”.

121 Couples Utilizing Same-Sex Partnership Systems Across Japan

On August 10th, Nijiiro Diversity, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of equal rights for gender and sexual minorities in Japan, released the latest statistics regarding the…

Wakui Kanako on Why Women Enjoy Boy’s Love Comics

GetNaviWeb 2017/7/2 The other day, a man asked me frankly, “What’s so good about BL?” I suppose it’s difficult for men to understand. Even women in real relationships…

Bank of the Ryukyus to Allow Joint Home Loans for Same-Sex Couples

Ryukyu Shimpo 2017/7/26 Bank of The Ryukyus have announced that from August 1, same-sex couples will be allowed to apply for joint home loans. This is the first…

Review: ‘Okoge’

Okoge (おこげ) akuakehiro Nakajima (director, writer) September 13, 1993 120 minutes DVD, Digital Okoge, is a 1993 film by Takehiro Nakajima which depicts the hardships of gay people…

Editor, Activist and Drag Queen Ogura Tou on Preserving Japanese LGBT History

Huffpost Japan 2017/5/7 On May 4th during Rainbow Week, a talkshow entitled Archives of Sexuality – Conveying the Past to the Future was held. Ogura Tou participated in…

Are Japanese Corporations Truly Turning Their Attention to LGBT?

NHK Newsweb 2017/7/5 While it seems that we are less likely to hear the question “What does LGBT mean?” as often as in past years, there is still…

YouTube Japan Compiles “Pride Playlist” of Educational LGBT Videos

In celebration of LGBT Pride Month, YouTube Japan has compiled a ‘Pride Playlist’ of 20 videos that offer insight about being LGBT in Japan.

Corporate Policies for LGBT in Japan Remain Largely Unsuccessful

Nikkan Spa 2017/6/27 It is estimated that the LGBT population in Japan ranges from 6~8%, representing a potential market of about 6 trillion yen (53.4 billion USD). With…