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Election pledges on LGBT rights boost legislation hopes

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These people will find out the hard way that a pledge in Japan is not the same as a pledge in the western world.

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Most people realize that an ‘election pledge’ is tantamount to what normal people call ‘a lie told to get something from the gullible.’ However, hope springs eternal.

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I'll believe it when I see it - but while Japan is slow to change, it does get there eventually. The fact that politicians are talking about this openly, and that people are far more aware of the issue, are positive signs.

When I first came here I was told by a good number of people that "there are no LGBTQIA in Japan." Now most Japanese are at the acceptance stage, and many are ready to recognize that we deserve equal rights.

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Blah blah blah and even more blah blah blah..... Pledges are not commitments but a nice way to attract more votes.

To all put there who are hoping to get elected - stop promising and start acting then you might get people respect and their interest to vote.

Until then stop playing around with people's basic rights and their hopes for an equal future

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Right…..they can’t even put women on equal ground here.

But now we’re supposed to believe they’ll allow the LGBT community to have equal rights? Or whatever big “promises” they are spewing out?

How dumb do they think the public is?

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I'm all for gay marriage, but politics is the art of the possible and it is naive to expect instant change for LGBT because Japan is a very conservative country. The first step here is different surnames for a married couple, because it will break the link whereby marriage automatically means having kids. The opposition to different surnames is mostly based on "think of the children". Many actual married people are childless.

The last time the opposition were elected, their manifesto included 26,000 yen a month per child in child benefit and expressway tolls being abolished. Neither happened. They were unlucky enough to be in power at 3/11, and have never come close to winning an election since. I'm sure breaking their election promises will be part of it.

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The last time the opposition were elected, their manifesto included 26,000 yen a month per child in child benefit and expressway tolls being abolished. Neither happened. They were unlucky enough to be in power at 3/11, and have never come close to winning an election since. I'm sure breaking their election promises will be part of it.

To be fair , they weren,t in power long enough to enact those changes as 3/11 disaster cut them down.

Besides how many LDP promises have gone unfuflfilled just under Abe and Suga. Still waiting for the 3rd arrow.

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If they won't allow married people the option to keep their own family names, what makes you think recognizing gay marriage nationally is on the front burner?

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can't wait any longer ?

why not ?

is it not worth waiting for ?

this is Japan not USA.

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Not going to happen, it is just trying to get move votes without having to do anything at all. But it may work backwards here since young people are the most interested in lgbt rights, but also the ones that vote the less.

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If I was any of these candidates who are pledging to get votes. I would don a pair of rainbow coloured gloves instead of the usual white ones.

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The LGBT population in Japan is only a small percentage of people, so they are not worth focusing on for politicians. It makes more sense for politicians to focus their efforts on policies to pander to the elderly, conservatives, etc. who actually vote.

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Japan ranked second from bottom among 35 members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in a 2019 survey of legal inclusivity of sexual minorities.

This!

The ruling Liberal Democratic Party and its coalition partner Komeito vow only to promote public understanding through legislation.

Calling all gullibles...

The LDP says in its election pledges that it looks to raise awareness about sexual minorities. However, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, also LDP leader, said his party has no plans to submit a bill on the matter next year and he is also reluctant to recognize same-sex marriage. He said during a lower house plenary session earlier in the month that the matter "concerns the very basis of the family" and requires "extremely careful consideration."

...You're gonna be shafted by us. Yours Truly, LDP.

I recall that before the Olympics there was some talk in the government of whatever (bill, recognition, statement, blablabla) on sexual minorities. "Meetings" were held and ended up in, well basically in name-calling said sexual minorities as oyaji thin-skinned "sensitivities" were "hurt".

The LDP, as medieval a part as they come. Pathetic!

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@Eustace

The LGBT population in Japan is only a small percentage of people, so they are not worth focusing on for politicians. It makes more sense for politicians to focus their efforts on policies to pander to the elderly, conservatives, etc. who actually vote.

At face value I would agree, but when checking the percentage of people identifying as sexual minorities it seems we would be talking about 10% identifying as such (Yes, I'm surprised as well!)

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2019/12/11/national/social-issues/japan-lgbt-sexual-minority-survey/

If not already committed to opposition parties (i.e. why would any sexual minority member ever vote for the LDP??), 10% swing/apathic voters ready to net, now, that may provide for a more "interesting" election.

Ultimately, the LDP tosses so many people / socio-economic groups under the train, that at one point, should they ever rally and take a stand against the LDP in an election, me thinks the LDP would be wiped out pretty quickly. The problem remains the same: apathy and sho-ga-naism.

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If I could vote, I can't, I would be more inclined to vote for which ever party WASN'T pandering to minority groups. This shouldn't make the top 50 issues of importance in Japan or anywhere else.

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LGBT rights are of course important but it is wrong to get caught up in the idea that a society is homophobic on the basis of its LGBT laws.

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If it wasn't clear, my point is that I doubt any country with engrained sexism to the level of Japan has advanced LGBT rights, like gay marriage.

I suspect every country in which LGBT are recognized overcame a good chunk of historical sexism before moving to include sexual minorities. The main focus of the inclusivity battle in Japan must be women, 50% of the population. In terms of specific policies, this means allowing separate surnames and other koseki-based nonsense, tackling the pay gap, taking sexual discrimination in workplaces and educational institutions far more seriously, taking sexual violence much more seriously, a complete overhaul of how rape victims are treated, etc. I would add shifting the focus from pampering (potentially childless) dependent spouses to helping actual caregivers i.e., parents of babies/toddlers and those tending the infirm.

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