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Wednesday, September 05, 2018, 13:00 - 14:30

Taiga Ishikawa, Member of the Toshima Ward Assembly, Facilitator of Association of the LGBT Municipal Representatives
Aya Kamikawa, Member of the Setagaya Ward Assembly, Facilitator of Association of the LGBT Municipal Representatives
Kanako Otsuji, Member of House of Representatives (CDP), Representative Director, Information Center for LGBT Policies
Kazuyo Katsuma, Economic Commentator and Visiting Professor, Business School of Chuo University
Hiroko Masuhara, LGBT Activist

Language: The speech and Q & A will be in English and Japanese with English interpretation

"Tackling Discrimination against Japan's LGBT Community"

Recent comments by members of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party have highlighted the extent of discrimination toward members of Japan's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community.

In July, Mio Sugita, a lower house LDP member, described members of the LGBT community as "unproductive" because they cannot have children. In a magazine article, Sugita, who has not publicly apologized for her comments, challenged the use of taxpayers' money to support same-sex marriages. Later that month, fellow LDP Diet member, Tom Tanigawa, suggested homosexuality was "a matter of taste," telling an internet TV program that he opposed laws legalizing same-sex marriage.

Leading figures in Japan's LGBT rights movement will visit the FCCJ to discuss how to end discrimination towards sexual minorities in Japan.

Kazuyo Katsuma, a successful businesswomen and visiting professor at the Business School of Chuo University, disclosed she was in a same-sex relationship earlier this year. Her partner, Hiroko Masuhara, is the author of five books about LGBT issues.

Taiga Ishikawa became one of two openly gay male politicians when he was elected to the Toshima Ward Assembly in 2011. Aya Kamikawa became Japan's first openly transgender politician when she was elected to the Setagaya Ward Assembly in Tokyo in 2003. In 2013, Kanako Otsuji became the first serving member of the national Diet to publicly come out.

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Taiga Ishikawa        Aya Kamikawa    Kanako Otsuji    Kazuyo Katsuma   Hiroko Masuhara

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