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Japan: Human rights law and discrimination against LGBT people in Japan

, Index number: ASA 22/5955/2017

At first glance, the situation for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Japan may seem satisfactory. However, the reality is that LGBT people face pervasive discrimination in their daily lives and the established cultural and community frameworks in which they live lead many to simply hide their identity and dissuades them from claiming their rights. This briefing outlines the day-to-day human rights violations occurring at a personal level, with an objective of informing policy decisions that will prevent, diminish, and eliminate the conditions and attitude that contribute to discrimination.

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