Compare LGBT Rights in Japan & South Korea

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58 / 100
49 / 100
Public Opinion
Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
69% Support
6% Against
54% Support
26% Against
Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt
(Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
68% Agree
20% Disagree
46% Agree
45% Disagree
Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
71% Did not mention homosexuals
26% Mentioned homosexuals
20% Did not mention homosexuals
80% Mentioned homosexuals
Justifiability of homosexuality
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
50% Justifiable
15% Not justifiable
8% Justifiable
61% Not justifiable
Opinion on same-sex couples as parents
(World Values Survey, 2017-2020)
44% Agree
10% Disagree
23% Agree
40% Disagree
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)
(Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)
68% Yes
22% No
44% Yes
53% No
"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)
(Pew Research Center, June, 2013)
54% Yes
36% No
39% Yes
59% No
Perceived Acceptance of Gay People
(Gallup, 2013)
28% Good place
39% Not a good place
18% Good place
57% Not a good place
Law
Homosexual activityLegal
Since 1881
Legal
Since 2003
Same-sex marriageUnrecognized
Since 1947
Unrecognized
Since 1948
Censorship of LGBT IssuesNo censorshipUnknown
Right to change legal genderLegal, but requires surgery
Since 2004
Legal, surgery not required
Since 2013
Legal recognition of non-binary genderUnknownUnknown
LGBT discriminationNo protections
Since 1947
No protections
Since 1948
LGBT employment discriminationNo protections
Since 2008
Sexual orientation and gender identity
Since 2016
LGBT housing discriminationNo protectionsSexual orientation and gender identity
Since 1948
Same-sex adoptionAmbiguousMarried couples only
Since 1948
Homosexuals serving openly in militaryLegal
Since 1947
Illegal
Since 1945
Blood donations by MSMsBanned (6-month deferral)
Since 2011
Banned (1-year deferral)
Conversion therapyNot bannedNot banned
Equal age of consentEqual
Since 1947
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