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JAPAN

Male to Male relationships: Legal
Punishments for male to male relationships: No law
Female to Female Relationships: Legal
Age of consent: Equal for heterosexuals and homosexuals
Is it possible to change your gender on official documents?: Yes, but only with sex reassignment surgery

Your Views

Are you LGBTI? We want to hear from you! Help us inform other users of the site with your views on this country. Below is a random question about this country. If it is relevant to you please answer it.

Do you feel safe when gathering with other LGBTI people in public spaces in RWANDA?
No, there is no police protection (0 %) No, the police might harass us (0 %) No, owners of establishment won’t allow us to gather (0 %) Yes (0 %)

The Your Stories section is all about you! Please take a minute to tell visitors of the ILGA website about what LGBTI life is like in reality. Please submit your personal story and share your experience!

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Readers Experiences

This is what people are saying about life for LGBTI people in JAPAN...
Asako (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for lesbian readers on 06/12/2012 tagged with marriage / civil unions +10
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When I was 10 yrs old, I noticed that I am gay.
But I did not accept my sexuality and I tried to be a heterosexual. The reason was simple: I could not imagine my future as a lesbian. In Japan gay marriage is not legalized yet, and homosexuality is not taught in school basically. Gay couples barely would be seen on the street. I did not know even whether lesbians really exist or not.

I stopped my trials in vain to be a heterosexual when I was 22 yrs old. Now I moved to France with my French girlfriend and we are legally partners under the PACS law. Honeymoon, to be called as "wife", having my family-in-law... everything which I thought impossible is in my hands. Really, really happy and I am very thankful for the PACS law.

But now I am struggling about many problems in my country, Japan. One of my good friend who is gay can not come out in her office / A girl who is only 15 had been bullied because she is gay and she tried to kill herself / If you google "lesbian bullying" in Japanese you'll get only crappy porno films... and what is more, of course, problems are not only in Japan, not only for lesbians. I hope all of us could be ourselves one day.
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Asako (user currently living in FRANCE) posted for lesbian readers on 06/12/2012 tagged with marriage / civil unions +10
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When I was 10 yrs old, I noticed that I am gay.
But I did not accept my sexuality and I tried to be a heterosexual. The reason was simple: I could not imagine my future as a lesbian. In Japan gay marriage is not legalized yet, and homosexuality is not taught in school basically. Gay couples barely would be seen on the street. I did not know even whether lesbians really exist or not.

I stopped my trials in vain to be a heterosexual when I was 22 yrs old. Now I moved to France with my French girlfriend and we are legally partners under the PACS law. Honeymoon, to be called as "wife", having my family-in-law... everything which I thought impossible is in my hands. Really, really happy and I am very thankful for the PACS law.

But now I am struggling about many problems in my country, Japan. One of my good friend who is gay can not come out in her office / A girl who is only 15 had been bullied because she is gay and she tried to kill herself / If you google "lesbian bullying" in Japanese you'll get only crappy porno films... and what is more, of course, problems are not only in Japan, not only for lesbians. I hope all of us could be ourselves one day.
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