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Japan’s opposition party prepares LGBTI anti-discrimination bill

Japan’s opposition party prepares LGBTI anti-discrimination bill

CDP representatives in Japan announce new policies (Photo: YouTube)

The largest opposition party in Japan, the Constitutional Democracy Party (CDP) announced it would introduce LGBTI anti-discrimination legislation to the country’s legislature.

Japan currently has no nationwide protection for discrimination based on sexuality or gender identity. Although, in October, Tokyo enacted a city-wide anti-discrimination bill.

CDP said the legislation would prohibit discriminatory treatment of sexual minorities by organizations and companies, according to a Kyodo news report in Japanese.

It would also mandate national and local governments to promote measures to eliminate discrimination.

CDP said it would be willing to collaborate with other political parties on the bill. What’s more, the party plans to bring legislation to the legislative Diet before the end of this session before 10 December.

But, according to observers, the bill has little hope of passing. The ruling Liberal Democracy Party (LDP) holds a two-thirds majority in the Diet.

In July, an LDP MP, Mio Sugita, labelled the LGBTI community as ‘unproductive’ and ‘low priority’. The furore around her comments forced the magazine she wrote them in to be shut down permanently.

Tokyo authorities drafted an anti-discrimination bill in advance of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. The city implemented it in October.

‘This act upholds the goal of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to make Tokyo a city that upholds the human rights values of banning any sort of discrimination as stated in the Olympic Charter’, the law states.

Tokyo authorities drafted the bill in advance of hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In July this year, Tokyo also announced it would provide shelter and housing to homeless LGBTI people.