18th March 2015
Japanese lawmakers to examine LGBT discrimination ahead of Tokyo Olympics 8
4:52 PM — Polticians have formed a multiparty group to look at LGBT rights before the 2020 Olympic Games.
16th February 2015
Second Tokyo district to recognise gay relationships 1
5:37 PM — A second district in Tokyo has announced that it will recognise same-sex relationships.
12th February 2015
Tokyo district will recognise gay relationships for the first time in Japan 6
3:47 PM — For the first time in Japan, a district of Tokyo has announced plans to recognise gay couples' relationships through "partnerships" certificates.
9th February 2015
George Takei to make Broadway debut 1
6:57 PM — Star Trek actor George Takei is to make his Broadway debut, in a musical based on his life.
16th January 2015
Japan’s ex-PM debuts as a drag queen… could Gordon Brown be next? 8
3:42 PM — The former Prime Minister of Japan has debuted as a drag queen.
10th December 2014
Japan: Zen Buddhist temple offers same-sex wedding ceremonies 1
2:12 PM — A Zen Buddhist temple in Kyoto has become one of the first to offer same-sex weddings - even though they aren't recognised in Japan.
7th December 2014
Japan: Activist running to become country’s first gay male lawmaker 2
1:55 PM — An LGBT activist running for election in Japan could be on course to become country's first openly gay male lawmaker.
23rd November 2014
Mario producer: Toad ‘doesn’t have a gender’ 13
5:20 PM — Nintendo have revealed that the Mario character Toad, long assumed to be male, doesn't actually have a gender.
21st November 2014
Japanese dictionary alters definitions of love and sex to be gay-inclusive 2
1:37 PM — A leading Japanese dictionary has altered two of its entries to make it more gay-inclusive.
14th November 2014
Japan: School holds ‘Sex Change Day’ for students 14
2:14 PM — A high school in Japan held a 'Sex Change Day' this week - where boys dressed in skirts, and girls wore suits and ties.
4th October 2014
Zoo accidentally spends four years encouraging hyenas to have gay sex 14
2:01 PM — A zoo has accidentally spent four years trying to breed with a pair of male hyenas.
2nd October 2014
Condom cookbook hopes to promote safe-sex in Japan 8
1:26 PM — A bizarre new cook book has been published in Japan, which uses condoms as a device for cooking, and aims to promote better sexual health.
6th August 2014
Watch: George Takei remembers the atomic bombing of Hiroshima 3
5:44 PM — Activist and actor George Takei released a video commemorating the anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.
16th July 2014
New Sailor Moon anime restores same-sex relationships 4
11:03 AM — A new version of the Sailor Moon anime is being released, with previously censored same-sex relationships restored to the series.
6th July 2014
If only the parents of all gay children were like this couple 8
2:50 PM — A video of two Sikh parents proudly standing by their gay son has been released by the Asian Pride Project.
14th June 2014
Video game series Harvest Moon could introduce same-sex marriage 3
12:29 PM — The creators of farm simulator Harvest Moon are 'looking into' adding same-sex marriage in a future installation.
5th June 2014
George Takei hopes Japan will follow in America’s footsteps for equal rights 3
7:06 PM — Star Trek actor George Takei, has admitted that he hopes gay rights will become more of a dominant part of society in his country of ancestry, Japan.
8th May 2014
Japan: 70% of LGBT pupils bullied in school, 30% contemplate suicide 6
3:40 PM — A new study in Japan has revealed that LGBT school pupils suffer from some of the highest rates of bullying in the country.
27th April 2014
Japan: First Lady makes surprise appearance at Tokyo Pride parade 12
2:27 PM — Japan's First Lady took part in Tokyo's pride parade on Sunday, voicing her support for LGBT people.
12th April 2014
Nintendo: Same-sex marriage in video game was ‘unintentional, game-breaking bug’ 24
2:43 PM — Nintendo has said that the inclusion of same-sex marriage in a video game last yearwas a 'critical bug'.