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Feb 27, 2015

Bunkyo plans measures to aid sexual minorities

by Mami Maruko

Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward will consider measures relating to sexual minorities by March 2016, a ward official said, following a recent proposal by Shibuya Ward to issue certificates recognizing same-sex unions. The measures have yet to be decided, and while it remains to be seen ...

Feb 20, 2015

Officials pull plug on teacher survey about LGBT students

by Mami Maruko

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Education Bureau has halted an independent survey of how junior high and high schools cater to sexual minorities, citing problems with some of the questions. The organizers, a group calling itself Respect Life: White Ribbon Campaign, mailed questionnaires to staff ...

Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

Jan 23, 2015

Ex-convict helps inmates return to society

by Hisashi Sasaki

Shigeru Ono, a 49-year-old man fresh out of prison, was growing increasingly desperate. In the four days since his release, Ono, not his real name, had spent half of the ¥250,000 he earned from prison labor during his 10-year incarceration. He used the money ...