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Posted in: Golden Week travel begins despite pleas from governors to stay home See in context

As everyone else has said, this is the culmination of a complete lack of leadership on the governments part. People are tired of the ‘one rule for the citizens, another for us’ line that the government has so clearly been treading this entire time with its host club outings, fancy dinners and such. It’s a tragedy that more innocent people will die as a consequence of people’s ambivalence towards COVID nowadays but the government really only have themselves to blame. They proved they time and time again that they care more about the security of the yen than their own people.

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Posted in: Tokyo area governors warn against holiday travel amid virus surge See in context

They can ‘urge’ all they like but requests like these fell on deaf ears a long time ago thanks to the J Gov’s utter lack of competence when it comes to just about everything. When you have government officials flouting the rules with little more than a ‘it was regrettable’ in ways of apology is anybody surprised? There is zero trust in these cretins and rightfully so. People give as good as they get.

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Posted in: Britney Spears to appear in court for guardianship case See in context

Hopefully she gains some kind of freedom in the future. She seems like a nice girl exploited by her parents.

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Posted in: Japan to introduce 'vaccine passports' for international travel See in context

Vaccine passports but nobody vaccinated. Good job J Gov.

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic chief marks pride week with LGBTQ event See in context

I'm sure it would be nice if people did what we wanted, but the fact is that a law that permits same-sex marriage (arguments for or against that aside) will not make people change their opinions about it. You can't legislate people into liking someone.

Have you not heard of social change? And by your thinking should we also deny ethnic minorities rights too just because a fraction of the population doesn't like them? Or anybody else for that matter?

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Posted in: Japan's Olympic chief marks pride week with LGBTQ event See in context

The thing is, and what people don't seem to understand is we are not asking for special treatment, or at least most of are not (Obviously there are radicals in any group as broad as the LGBT community.) I and many others just want the same basic rights as anybody else. For me that is being to marry my Japanese partner here in Japan. As it stands there is no true legal standing. Yes, there are "certificates" in certain cities but that's all they are; a piece of paper with no real legal standing. Which means if my partner were to be hospitalized there have it within their rights to deny me visitation rights should they wish. It means I will never be able to get a spousal visa here in Japan like other straight couples. It makes finding an apartment together that much harder (on top of me being a foreigner) and while I like to keep my work and private life seperate, it would be nice to perhaps come out to my coworkers without having my job security at stake so they can stop asking me everyday if I have found a "girlfriend" yet.

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Posted in: Kono calls U.S. Capitol riot shocking; yearns for 'good old days' See in context

A former member of the Japanese government preaching democracy. You have to laugh.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

That's great, and forgiveness and understanding are very important. It is ridiculous to expect Japan to change overnight.*

I'm not really a fan of giving Japan a leeway with regards to things like this. They have had decades to change but yet here we are in 2020 with little change outside of those laughable "same sex certificates" (which, by the way don't actual give you any real legal rights.)

Knowing the current government I doubt same sex marriage will be legal here for another 10-15 years but I am glad that LGBT people here are starting to be vocal and I hope they keep on putting more pressure on the government in the future.

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Posted in: Tokyo ward assemblyman apologizes for remarks against LGBT rights See in context

> That's great, and forgiveness and understanding are very important. It is ridiculous to expect Japan to change overnight.

> I'm not really a fan of giving Japan a leeway with regards to things like this. They have had decades to change but yet here we are in 2020 with little change outside of those laughable "same sex certificates" (which, by the way don't actual give you any real legal rights.)

Knowing the current government I doubt same sex marriage will be legal here for another 10-15 years but I am glad that LGBT people here are starting to be vocal and I hope they keep on putting more pressure on the government in the future.

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Posted in: Housing website to offer LGBT support in finding tolerant landlords See in context

Being gay and a foreigner in Japan, having many gay Japanese friends and having a Japanese boyfriend myself, I feel qualified to say that YES, LGBT Japanese people do get discriminated and turned away from housing here should they decide to live together. I've heard of it happening a couple of different occasions from several different people. It's not just foreigners that suffer discrimination.

As I am planning to move in with my boyfriend in the near future I for one am glad that they are acknowledging this.

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Posted in: LGBT’s retail hell: Despite progress, sector lags behind See in context

As a gay person working in Japan, I think I have more experience than a lot of you who are debating about “illogical laws” in the work place despite most of you not having nor ever will having to deal with this kind of discrimination.

If it has no place in the workplace then can my co-workers please stop asking me when I am going to find a nice wife, my type, or if I’m gay or not? If so then sure I will keep my mouth shut. But why should I keep on having to lie or deceive people? Having to feel uncomfortable in my own skin. What if I want to tell people I have found an amazing person in my life? Not feeling like I have to dodge bullets every single time there is a drinking party. Small things that many of you probably take for granted.

Oh wait, that's right. If I did that then I would probably become a laughing stock to most, or seen as "kimoi" by others. Possibly even lose my job in some cases?

But yeah, sure. Down with discrimination against foreigners working in Japan! But LGBT?! That's just illogical!

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