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LGBT Japan edges out of the political closet

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> We are disappointed with parties that are just claiming to be LGBT-friendly for the election campaign, without having in-depth understanding of LGBT people. It's so obvious what they're doing.>> As Tokyo gears up to fly the Olympic flag and everything it stands for, many question whether the rainbow flag will ever be hoisted with quite the same enthusiasm.
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As Reuters' Olivier Fabre explains from Tokyo, an event four years away is giving the gay community a political voice.>> It's all about Olympics. During the Sochi Olympics, Ave was one of the few leaders who actually turned up, despite other leaders having boycotted the opening ceremonies on the grounds of Russia's anti-LGBT propaganda law which had been seen as a gross violation of the Olympic charter.
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After that, at least within the Olympic community here, they realized that it wasn't really good to be seen as ignoring these issues.>> By most Asian standards, Japan's laws are fairly liberal but homosexuality is still kept at arm's length. LGBT rights aren't covered by the country's Equal Opportunities Act and there are no anti-discrimination laws.
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>> There is a survey out there that says 70% of male entrepreneurs just do not want to have even a gay colleague. I personally have experienced my partner and I not being able to rent a house because they didn't want two men renting it.>> As smaller independent parties openly embrace change, the LDP fears it could lose a lot of support if it gets too cozy with the gay population.
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That's got some questioning why it's making any inroads in that direction at all.>>