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Tokyo ward 1st in Japan to recognize same-sex marriage

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Koyuki Higashi, right, and her partner, Hiroko Masuhara, left, holding a banner reading: "Congratulations: the same sex partnership ordinance" speak to the media in front of Shibuya ward office in Tokyo Tuesday, March 31, 2015 after Shibuya ward became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," guaranteeing the identical rights of married couples with a landmark vote by the ward assembly.
With a landmark vote by the assembly of Tokyo's Shibuya ward, the district famous as a mecca for trendy youngsters became the first locale in Japan to recognize same sex partnerships as the "equivalent of a marriage," ...

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George Takei sees movement toward gay pride beginning in Japan

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Actor George Takei, left, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, center, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's wife Akie Abe toast during a reception at Kennedy's official residence Thursday, June 5, 2014, in Tokyo.
TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make ...

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Japan’s First Lady joins thousands marching in Tokyo LGBT pride parade

Sunday, April 27, 2014
TOKYO -- Thousands gathered in Tokyo's trendy Shibuya business and shopping district for LGBT Pride on Sunday. ...

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Asia leaders join Sochi, not put off by Russia’s human rights record

Saturday, February 8, 2014
Alexei Nikolsky, RIA-Novosti  (Presidential Press Service)Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
When top Western leaders decided to stay away from Russian President Vladimir Putin's Winter Olympics, he wasn't exactly left friendless: he has the heads of leading Asian nations and others to help show the world that not everyone is put ...

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Japan court issues landmark ruling on transgender parent’s rights

Friday, December 13, 2013
TOKYO -- Japan's Supreme Court this week ruled that a toddler born to a transgender man and his wife through artificial insemination shall be regarded as their legitimate child. ...

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Japan elects first openly gay politician to Tokyo assembly

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Taiga Ishikawa has been elected Japan’s first openly gay politician after winning a seat in the Tokyo ward assembly in local elections on Sunday. Prior to his victory, no openly gay politician had ever won office in Japan. ...

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