Tokyo this weekend will host Japan’s largest-ever LGBT job fair.
More than 20 local and international firms, start-ups, and colleges are participating in the event organized by LGBTI recruitment company JobRainbow.
McKinsey, Softbank, Morgan Stanley, Fujitsu, Salesforce.com, PwC Japan, Meltwater, Avanade have all registered.
What’s more, organizers expect more than 1,000 LGBT jobseekers are expected to attend.
About half of LGBTI students in Japan looking for their first job have had ‘uncomfortable’ experiences during interviews, a recent survey found.
The survey found 40% of lesbian, gay and bisexual people had experienced uncomfortable job interviews.
But for trans people it was worse, with 80% of respondents saying they had weird interviews.
‘Assuming that job-seeking students are not LGBT could lead to harassment,’ Mika Yakushi, head of ReBit, told the Japan Times.
ReBit found that almost 80% of respondents did not come out to potential employers. The survey also revealed 70.8% of LGBTI jobseekers were worried about discrimination and harassment.
Job Rainbow earlier this month released the video to raise awareness of the country’s transphobia.
‘You are as you are’ Job Rainbow’s introduction to the video reads. ‘It’s easy to say’.
‘But we know, even if you want to do that, the world is obstructing it’ it goes on to say.
It concludes by saying they will make a society where you can live as you are.
LGBTI rights in Japan
A recent survey found 8.9 percent of Japan’s population identify as LGBT.
But, half of LGBT people surveyed said they had not come out at work.
It also revealed that only 70 percent of people had heard of the term LGBT.
Last month, 13 same-sex couples filed lawsuits against the government hoping to force it to recognize equal marriage.
The five female and eight male couples are challenging local administrations that denied them marriage certificates. They are also seeking damages of US$9,000.
The couples argued the government’s stance on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. They filed cases in four different district courts.
Japan has also recently faced criticism for its law that requires trans people to undergo surgery before legally changing gender.