140 Couples Using Same-Sex Partnership Systems Across Japan
On January 15th, Nijiiro Diversity released the latest statistics regarding the usage of same-sex partnership systems that have been implemented in six municipalities across Japan.
It has been discovered that the Kōjien Dictionary, the latest edition of which became available for sale on January 12th of this year after its once-a-decade revision, contains an error in its entry for the term LGBT. Publisher Iwanami Shoten is investigating the online claims and is considering a revision.
On October 24, the publishers of the Kojien Dictionary, regarded as the most authoritative dictionary of Japanese, announced that it would be issuing the volume’s first revision in 10 years. When the dictionary’s 7th edition hits shelves on January 12, the acronym ‘LGBT’ will be included among 10,000 new entries. 2017 saw the expansion of same-sex partnership systems and local➡︎
The Okinawa Convention and Visitors Bureau (OCVB) has announced that it will be joining the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association (IGLTA), an organization which works to promote equality and safety within LGBTQ tourism worldwide. The group’s membership with the IGLTA is expected to be finalized by the end of the year. The OCVB will be the first public institution➡︎
Liberal Democratic Party Assembly Chairman Wataru Takeshita on November 23rd expressed opposition to the idea of same-sex partners of state guests attending imperial banquets hosted by the Emperor and Empress, saying “It does not agree with the tradition of Japan.” The chairman was speaking at a chapter party in Gifu City.
Masataka Masaki of Sexuality and Human Rights Network ESTO, an organization that works to create support for LGBT individuals, announced the “Disaster Prevention Guidebook for Sexually Diverse Individuals”, which was created in consideration of those who identify as LGBT and also to prompt local governments to think about how best to manage evacuation centers and create support for these individuals➡︎
On November 13, LGBT Alliance Fukuoka representative Igarashi Yuri and six others met with Fukuoka City Mayor Takashima Soichiro and Councilman Kawakami Shinpei at city hall to deliver a petition appealing for the creation of a partnership system that recognizes same-sex couples. LGBT Alliance Fukuoka consists of 7 Fukuoka City-based organizations working to expand awareness and secure the rights and➡︎
RAINBOW CROSSING TOKYO, an event that aims to connect job hunting college students with companies proactively making efforts to support the LGBT community in Japan was held on October 21 in Tokyo’s Bunkyou Ward. An estimated 700 students participated.
“Rainbow March”, an event created to appeal for a greater understanding of LGBT and other sexual minorities, was held on October 8th in Sapporo City for the first time in 4 years. 450 people of all ages participated, marching through the center of the city and waving rainbow flags for about 30 minutes.