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Ofunato, one of the disaster-stricken towns in Iwate
Beyond Invisibility: Great East Japan Disaster and LGBT in Northeast Japan

in JAPAN, 09/11/2012

The Great East Japan Disaster on 11 March 2011 caused death to an incredible number of people with many more still missing, destroyed a huge amount of properties, and displaced numerous communities. On top of this there were gender-insensitive and gender-unequal evacuations, relief and reconstruction processes that added further damage. There were gender-insensitive and gender-unequal evacuations, relief and reconstruction processes that added further damage especially to social minorities.

Among them, the LGBT people are probably the most invisible. Having been born and raised in Iwate prefecture, one of the prefectures affected by the disaster, I know that my prefecture is not an inclusive place for people of diverse communities. The fact that we hardly hear anything from LGBT survivors in coastal towns in the prefecture even after having established Iwate's first LGBT group is appalling. The disaster highlighted the invisibility of LGBT survivors and the difficulties they have faced in Japan's rural towns. Read the full story
 

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