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Japan’s first openly gay politician victorious in election

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  1. Mark Healey 26 Apr 2011, 5:13pm

    Good news – perhaps we could arrange for Taiga Ishikawa to join us for the International Candle-lit vigil against hate crime that we are planning in October.

  2. Per my son in law who is Japanes, Tokyo is the gay captial of the far east.

    And Japan in a special case recognizes gay marriage. If between a Japanese citizen and a foreigner who are married where gay marriage is legal.

    Be sure to get to London to protest professsionally and peacefully at the Royal wedding

    IMHO Britain and btw Ireland are all but there re marriage for gays. Finland is in process of changing to marriage

    and my son in law says that there is no religious animosity toward gays, eg the Godfather of Pedophilia of the catholic Chruch RAZTInger who hates gays with a passion.

    The issue is Japan tends to be a conformist society.

    But he predicts in 10 years gay marriage will be the law of the land in Japan.

    And btw, there is even activity in Communist china. Not making the leadership happy, but at least no tianimen squares.

    The problems my country – the USA. If it accepts gays as equals, then for all but the Muslimworld , gays will be accepted as equal worldwide

  3. Add Denmark onto that list. They are filing in the big blank re RPs- giving gays full rights re adoption, including second parent adoption.

    Cant be far behind, the last of the nordic countries (norway, Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, to not have gay marriage.

    The battle is son to be wond except in the HOMOphobic Hate states of America , my country, still really fighting our civil war, only with a new victim for the christian right wing and the godfather of pedophila.

  4. Kevin Donohue 26 Apr 2011, 8:59pm

    Finally! A return to pre-Meiji times when Nanshoku was celebrated!


  5. “Japan’s first openly gay politician”?

    Does Kanako Otsuji not count?

  6. Too bad Tokyo’s Governor Shintaro Ishihara is a homophobic pig.

  7. If I recall from my studies, Japanese culture doesn’t have as much an issue with homophobia, as it does with filial piety. Children are expected to meet the expectations of their parents, and their parents are expected to meet the expectations of their own parents. And men are expected to marry a proper wife (whether or not they are in love), and that will also help them advance their career in business. I even know gay Japanese men who expect their future is to marry a wife to help the advance of their lives. If sons break filial piety by making a life with a boyfriend, having let down one’s parents is one of the worst cultural offenses.

    Not surprisingly, Japan has one of the world’s highest post-retirement divorce rates.

    1. Just sayin' 27 Apr 2011, 12:14am

      Not so different from Greece and Greek cultural expectations-one of Europe’s least enlightened societies. Greek gays see themselves as “straight”, are expected to marry, & many live at home with Papa and Mama until the wonderful day occurs. All this despite some 3,000 years of bisexual history, gay warriors and philosophers.

    2. This confirms what I have heard of traditional Japanese culture. In days gone by men openly had boyfriends without anyone considering it odd, but they had to have wives and children as well. Apparently at one stage the Imperial authorities were troubled by the Samurai fighting over pretty young men – but because of the indiscipline, not the sexuality.

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  9. Jock S. Trap 27 Apr 2011, 9:17am

    Good to hear!!

  10. Bravo. Good news indeed.

  11. A gay candidate is also currently standing in Singapore, outed by the sitting MP (and government minister) in a smear campaign.

    1. sad to hear about the smear campaign, hopefully the correct person won

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