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    Homosexuality
    ✔ Legal
    Gay Marriage
    ✖ Unrecognized
    Censorship
    ✔ No censorship
    Changing Gender
    ✔ Legal, but requires surgery
    Non-binary gender recognition
    Unknown
    Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Employment Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Housing Discrimination
    ✖ No protections
    Adoption
    Ambiguous
    Military
    Ambiguous
    Donating Blood
    ✖ Banned (6-month deferral)
    Conversion Therapy
    Unknown
    Age of Consent
    ✔ Equal
Suggest Public Opinion Data

Public Opinion

Views on same-sex marriage or other legal recognition

Ranked #13 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(6%) Against
Support (69%)

Views on same-sex couples' right to adopt

Ranked #10 out of 27 countries surveyed. (Source: Ipsos, April–May, 2021)
(20%) Disagree
Agree (68%)

Acceptance of homosexuals as neighbors

Ranked #29 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "On this list are various groups of people. Could you please mention any that you would not like to have as neighbors?"

(26.4%) Mentioned homosexuals
Did not mention homosexuals (70.8%)

Justifiability of homosexuality

Ranked #16 out of 79 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Please tell me for each of the following statements whether you think it can always be justified, never be justified, or something in between."

(15.1%) Not justifiable
Justifiable (49.7%)

Opinion on same-sex couples as parents

Ranked #16 out of 74 countries surveyed. (Source: World Values Survey, 2017-2020)

Question: "Homosexual couples are as good parents as other couples"

(10%) Disagree
Agree (43.8%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2019)

Ranked #13 out of 34 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, May–October, 2019)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(22%) No
Yes (68%)

"Should society accept homosexuality?" (2013)

Ranked #15 out of 39 countries surveyed. (Source: Pew Research Center, June, 2013)

Question: "Should society accept homosexuality?"

(36%) No
Yes (54%)

Perceived Acceptance of Gay People

Ranked #44 out of 119 countries surveyed. (Source: Gallup, 2013)

Question: "Is the city or area where you live a good place or not a good place for homosexuals?"

(39%) Not a good place
Good place (28%)

By The Numbers

78.4%
of Japanese, ages 20-59, support legalization of same-sex marriage
(Dentsu, 2019)
8.9%
of Japanese people, age 20 to 59, identify as LGBT
(Dentsu, 2018)
42.3%
of Japanese adults support or somewhat supported same-sex marriage
7.7%
of Japanese people between 20 and 59 identify as LGBT

History

Homosexual activity in Japan

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Homosexual activity in Japan is legal.

Current status
Since 1881
Legal
Anal sodomy was decriminalized in 1881 when the provision was dropped from Japan's Penal Code. It was eliminated by supervision of Gustave Boissonade, a French legal scholar who served as an advisor to develop the legal system in Japan.
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Illegal (other penalty)
Sodomy ("keikan") was criminalized in 1873 with article 266 of the Meiji Legal Code, however, it was hardly ever punished, with only 20 recorded instances of sodomy during 1876 to 1881.
Sources:
Homosexuality in Modern Japan: Cultural Myths and Social Realities by Mark J. McLelland
books.google.com/books?id=d… Male
iglhrc.org/sites/default/fi…
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Same-sex marriage in Japan

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Same-sex marriage in Japan is unrecognized.

Current status
Since May 3, 1947
Unrecognized
Article 24 of the Japanese Constitution states that "marriage shall be based only on the mutual consent of both sexes and it shall be maintained through mutual cooperation with the equal rights of husband and wife as a basis".
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May 3, 1947–Sep 9, 2018
Unrecognized
Civil unions in some cities. Nationwide civil unions and gay marriage pending.
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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Japan

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Censorship of LGBT Issues in Japan is no censorship.

Current status
No censorship
In Japan, there are no laws restricting to discussion or promotion of LGBTQ+ topics.
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Right to change legal gender in Japan

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Right to change legal gender in Japan is legal, but requires surgery.

Current status
Since 2008
Legal, but requires surgery
Transgender citizens have the option to legally change their gender only after undergoing sex-reassignment surgery.
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Jan 1, 2008–Sep 1, 2018
Legal, but requires surgery
Requires surgery and steralization. Missing non binary options on documents.
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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Japan

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Legal recognition of non-binary gender in Japan is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

LGBT discrimination in Japan

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LGBT discrimination in Japan is no protections.

Current status
Since May 3, 1947
Illegal
Full discrimination protections. Missing Housing Discrimination protections.
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Current status
Since May 3, 1947
No protections
Japan does not have LGBT protections from discrimination in employment, housing, etc. The Japanese Constitution promises equal rights to all and this is widely interpretted as extending to LGBT citizens.
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LGBT employment discrimination in Japan

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LGBT employment discrimination in Japan is no protections.

Current status
No protections
In a 2008 report by the UN Human Rights Committee, they expressed concern about discrimination against LGBT people in several areas, including employment.
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LGBT housing discrimination in Japan

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LGBT housing discrimination in Japan is no protections.

Current status
No protections
In a 2008 report by the UN Human Rights Committee, they expressed concern about discrimination against LGBT people in several areas, including housing. According to Article 23(1) of Japan’s Public Housing Law, it only applies to married and unmarried different-sex couples. However, in October of 2012, the Japanese government stated that Article 23(1) was abolished and, therefore, same-sex partners were no longer excluded.

However, the Human Rights Committee report states that in reality, "municipalities decide who can rent public houses under the amended Public Housing Law and few municipal policies allow same-sex couples to qualify. Thus, in practice same-sex couples remain excluded from public housing."
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Same-sex adoption in Japan

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Same-sex adoption in Japan is ambiguous.

Current status
Ambiguous
The United States State Department states: "there are no laws regulating or addressing same-sex couples adopting in Japan, but there have been no known cases of this happening."
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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Japan

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Homosexuals serving openly in military in Japan is ambiguous.

Current status
Since May 3, 1947
Ambiguous
The Japanese do not have a specific policy either banning or encouraging LGBT participation in the Self Defense Forces. Research by Sabine Fruhstuck has shown that many Japanese do not object to open LGBT service in the military provided it does not interfere with their performance.
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May 3, 1947–Aug 8, 2018
Don't Ask, Don't Tell
No Nationwide discrimination protections in place.
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Blood donations by MSMs in Japan

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Blood donations by MSMs in Japan is banned (6-month deferral).

Current status
Since Apr 1, 2011
Banned (6-month deferral)
Red Cross Japan reduces deferral for high HIV risk individual from 12 months to 6 months.
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2005–Apr 1, 2011
Banned (1-year deferral)
Gay men in Japan are banned from donating blood following one (1) year after male-male sexual contact. Japanese Red Cross opposses this practice.
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Conversion therapy in Japan

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Conversion therapy in Japan is unknown.

Current status
Unknown

Equal age of consent in Japan

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Equal age of consent in Japan is equal.

Current status
Since May 3, 1947
Equal
The national age of consent is 13 for both same-sex couples and opposite-sex couples. Cities and prefectures may set higher ages of consent.
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