Compare LGBT Rights in Japan

Equality Index ?
58 / 100
Public Opinion
Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
69% Support
6% Against
Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
68% Agree
20% Disagree
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
71% Did not mention homosexuals
26% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
50% Justifiable
15% Not justifiable
Opinion on same-sex couples as parents
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
44% Agree
10% Disagree
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)
(Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)
68% Yes
22% No
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
54% Yes
36% No
Perceived Acceptance of Gay People
(Gallup, 2013)
28% Good place
39% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1881
Same-sex marriageUnrecognized
Since 1947
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorship
Right to change legal genderLegal, but requires surgery
Since 2008
Legal recognition of non-binary genderUnknown
LGBT discriminationNo protections
Since 1947
LGBT employment discriminationNo protections
LGBT housing discriminationNo protections
Same-sex adoptionAmbiguous
Homosexuals serving openly in militaryAmbiguous
Since 1947
Blood donations by MSMsBanned (6-month deferral)
Since 2011
Conversion therapyUnknown
Equal age of consentEqual
Since 1947
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