It’s a very Yuri on Ice Olympics as Japan’s skaters performed to a song from the anime — to the sheer delight of Johnny Weir
The Virtual Currency Girls are a new Japanese pop band with a gimmick — they each represent a different cryptocurrency from Bitcoin to Ethereum
The new cast for the ‘Cute High Earth Defense Club’ series has been announced, and here’s why you can’t miss this show about magical boys
The Kojien dictionary just released a new edition with a wrong definition for ‘LGBT’ — it also says ‘love’ is between a man and woman
From its rich history to modern culture, visitors can always find something unexpected to do in gay Tokyo, one of Asia’s top gay destinations
When Logan Paul took a trip to Japan’s ‘suicide forest,’ he and his friends came across a dead body — and filmed it
Many countries require a visa to live and work abroad — but what happens if a gay visa holder falls in love only for their visa to end?
Nagata Kabi’s ‘My Lesbian Experience With Loneliness’ is a book about sex that features remarkably little actual sex — but it’s still great
For the first time ever, travel professionals held workshops on LGBTQ tourism in Japan, arguing that more gay tourism could mean expanded queer rights
A collaboration between Norway’s T-Michael and Japan’s Y. & Sons, T-Kimono is the latest must-have in men’s outerwear
Japan’s male sex workers fall into several types —urisen, hosutos and non-sexual male geisha — but they’re largely closed off to Westerners and foreigners
Whether you’re new to Japan or returning to explore its charm, the Hotel Granvia Kyoto is the perfect place for relaxation, romance and gay weddings
From its historically lax attitude toward gays in the military to its celebration of transgender and openly gay pop culture figures like Ataru Nakamura and Akihiro Miwa, Japan’s general attitude toward the LGBTQ community has been relatively accepting compared to some of its more puritanical and authoritarian friends.
Still, while reports of outright discrimination are somewhat rare, Japan still has no national law protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, and same-sex couples are still ineligible for the many of the legal protections available to opposite-sex couples in Japan.
Not to mention, the Human Rights Watch organization recently reported an alarming ‘epidemic’ of LGBTQ bullying in Japanese schools. However, given the fact that the majority of Japanese citizens are supportive of LGBTQ rights, and the fact that many municipalities, including Tokyo, have begun putting legal protections in place, and have begun to implement training programs geared toward spreading awareness and tolerance, we can only hope that they continue heading in the right direction.
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