LGBT

Osaka stops putting rainbow marks on public toilets after complaints from LGBT communities

And hopefully learns a lesson in understanding in the process.

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Lesbian idols’ confession of love prompts veteran to say “Idol romance restrictions are shit”

Harsh words from a strong supporter of letting love bloom between idols and anyone they want.

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Japanese politicians submit bill to lower legal adulthood age, raise marriage age for women

Move would balance marriage age for men and women, make sex-change operations more easily available.

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Tokyo lesbian love anime art/photography exhibition cancelled, thighs suspected as sticking point

Cancellation of yuri event comes mere days before scheduled opening in one of Tokyo’s major anime fan neighborhoods.

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Japanese public school to allow male students to wear skirts, chest ribbons as part of uniform

Brand-new middle school to let students of any gender wear whatever uniform components they feel comfortable in out of consideration to LGBT youths.

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Japanese dictionary’s definition of “LGBT” draws criticism for inaccuracy on the “T” part

Critics call for revision to brand-new edition of one of Japan’s most trusted and influential language resources.

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Japanese middle school promotes long pants to full-uniform status for girls, equal with skirts

Principal emphasizes that skirt is no longer to be considered the “main” or “standard” uniform.

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Fans wonder if children’s show Pretty Cure’s next season will go “full lesbian”

This long-running children’s series may not be doing it on purpose, but is making significant strides in LGBT acceptance in Japan.

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Gackt to guys not interested in cars: “Are you queer?”

Psst Gackt, your age is showing.

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Japanese video game with cross-dressing male teen protagonist seeks fan support

Developer thinks the planned game could be great, but worries about whether or not a fanbase exists.

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Kirin beer company toasts same-sex marriages for its employees

A step towards same-sex marriages being officially recognised throughout Japan?

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Commercial reveals what some LGBT individuals go through in Japan

Is the LGBT mindset in Japan any different from other countries?

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Japanese gay community at the centre of new “Tokyo Neighbors” web series 【Video】

The webisodes explore what it’s like to be gay in Japan.

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Japanese boy band shakes up the music world as all nine members kiss each other in new video clip

If there was an award for most male-on-male kisses in a mainstream music video, this idol group would take home first prize.

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Japan awards foster parent status to same-sex couple for first time

National government confirms legality of decision by administrators in Osaka.

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Beauty and the Beast release indefinitely postponed in Malaysia due to “gay moment”

It seems like moviegoers in Malaysia won’t get to see the live-action rendition of Disney’s beloved “tale as old as time” for the foreseeable future.

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Japan’s largest housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords

It may not be the first, but it is easily the largest service of its kind.

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Japanese women pick which anime characters they’d want as their girlfriends

Lesbian anime fans make their picks for animated romantic companions.

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Same-sex couples to be recognized in Sapporo, Japanese city with population of around two million

Sapporo will become the largest city in Japan to recognize same-sex couples.

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We spoke to an industry veteran about the rationale behind the common practice, and got an answer we definitely weren’t expecting.

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