In this week’s top stories, we take a look at a very hunky vet plus Cher’s great new album and surprisingly shaped buildings
Last month, the first volume of ‘That Blue Sky Feeling’ came out, and it’s a beautifully low-key look at a friendship that may become something more
A ‘Sailor Moon’ fan just discovered ‘The Masked Belle Poitrine’ the rare 1990 show that may have inspired everyone’s favorite animated heroine
Produced in the aftermath of America’s 2003 invasion of the Middle East, it’s perhaps the director’s most political triumph
The English translation of ‘Go For It, Nakamura!’ is finally out, and the manga about a gay teen working up the courage to talk to his crush is lovely
The trailer for the upcoming ‘Yuri!!! On Ice’ movie just dropped and even though it only provides a glimpse at ‘Ice Adolescence,’ we’re excited
The massively popular anime Hugtto! PreCure just struck a blow for acceptance with an episode declaring boys can wear dresses
Ladybeard is the most unexpected J-pop idol: his bands Ladybaby and Deadlift Lolita are kawaii-core (or cute-hardcore) starring him, a crossdressing bodybuilder
Our ultimate pride calendar features 100 international LGBTQ pride events happening all over the world this upcoming year
Most Americans know it as the “goblin emoji,” but those with knowledge of Japanese history and art know it has a much more interesting backstory
It’s one of the most visually stunning animated films you’ll ever see, but you might be surprised at the movie’s mundane beginnings
The Japanese city of Fukuoka now issues ‘proof of partnership’ certificates to same-sex couples, but here’s why Japan doesn’t recognize gay marriages
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.
Here are our top stories on Japan: