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Michael Kirby calls for transgender law reform

Former High Court judge Michael Kirby has urged Japan to end its “regime” of forcing transgender people to undergo invasive surgery in order to get legal recognition. The distinguished Australian lawyer is co-chair of the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute. Kirby told Japanese lawmakers there’s “no excuse” for not reforming gender recognition laws. “The …

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On Valentine’s Day, 13 Japanese Same-Sex Couples Sue For Marriage Equality

Thirteen Japanese same-sex couples have marked Valentine’s Day with the filing historic lawsuits challenging the country’s ban on marriage equality. The lawsuits, filed in Tokyo and other courts around the country by five lesbian and eight gay couples, argue that the law violates same-sex couples’ constitutional right to equality. Japan’s constitution states “marriage shall be …

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Japanese Transgender Man Loses Supreme Court Appeal Against ‘Forced Sterilisation’

Japan will continue to force trans people to undergo sterilising surgery if they want to be officially recognised by their chosen gender. Four justices from Japan’s Supreme Court this week unanimously voted against an appeal filed by trans man Takakito Usui who wanted to have his gender legally changed from female to male in official …

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Same-Sex Couples To Sue Japanese Government For Marriage Rights

A group of same-sex couples are planning to sue the Japanese government for rejecting their marriage applications, in a first for the country. Lesbian couple Ai Nakajima and Kristina Baumann (pictured) are one of ten same-sex couples who are expected to file a joint lawsuit next month against the central government to challenge its current …

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Why More Japanese People Are Coming Out As LGBT Than Ever Before

More people in Japan are coming out as LGBT than ever before, according to a recent study. An online survey of 60,000 people aged between 20 and 59 conducted by advertising agency, Dentsu shows that at least 1 in 11 people or 8.9% now identify as LGBT. In comparison, the same survey in 2012 showed …

Japan Food Tours Offering An Incredible Two-For-One Deal To Discover Japan

Whether you have been to Japan before or not, Japan Food Tours offers you the unique opportunity to experience the country’s food, culture and people on fully guided tours. And QNews Magazine readers are being offered an incredible introductory two-for-one discount for a the company’s brand new tour of Honshu in December. On the trip, …

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