YouTube fan-turned-most despised person on the planet, Tamtampamela, makes us feel very, very uncomfortable with her assertion that “God shook the country of Japan by the shoulders” to show atheists of the world they are going to Hell. It’s the same old “God did this to punish you” for some […]
An 8.9 earthquake struck Japan early Friday morning, and caused a tsunami that continues to pose a danger across the Pacific Rim. Hawaii, California, and Oregon are under a tsunami watch, with waves as high as 8 feet expected to hit land. A nuclear power plant in Japan was so […]
Edit: I’m a jerk. The boobs are Chinese. Not Japanese. Well hey now, this is certainly something! The first 30 seconds tell you pretty much all you need to know about this product, but we found ourselves mesmerized into watching the video in its entirety. Gay or straight, boobs have […]
We stumbled upon a restaurant review from a blogger in Japan that was none too pleased with his meal. The service was poor. The establishment was dirty. The waitress was…a monkey. Yes, Kayabuki in Utsunomiya has apparently been hit hard by the global economic crisis. It turns out, you have […]
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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