Japan’s parliament passed a new law on Tuesday to “promote understanding of Japan” LGBT+ people, It fell short of expectations despite criticism from activists.
The text has been debated for months in the country’s parliament, the only member of the G7 that does not recognize trade unions people of the same sex.
More conservative MPs are reluctant to include an anti-discrimination clause, arguing that it would exacerbate divisions within society and could lead to abuse of the legal process.
In the end, an agreement was reached in which no clause “unfair discrimination” against sexual minorities.
However, the juxtaposition of the word “unfair” weakens the scope of the provision as it leads to interpretations that certain discrimination is fair, condemning the LGBT+ community (lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual and others) activists.
Japan, which protects the rights of LGBT+ J-ALL people, criticized in a statement on Tuesday that “we strongly condemn” the law “contrary to what we claim”.
The content of the law “betrayed” the person concerned, “considered” the author of the law discriminate, J-ALL added.
To take effect, laws must be voted on in parliament, although in principle this is no more than a formality, as the ruling coalition also has a large majority in the upper house.
Japan Hosting the G7 group of industrialized nations this year and pressure on countries Liberal Democrats In recent months, Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (PLD) has stepped up to adopt a text that further protects the LGTB+ collective.
Contrary to the government and most Japanese representatives, the Japanese public overwhelmingly supports marriage law According to several surveys, between the same sex.
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