In Japan, a first steps toward legalizing same-sex marriage

A Tokyo assemblyman has proposed making it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Japan, where discrimination against homosexuality remains a contentious issue. Tokyo Metropolitan Assemblyman Tadashi Saito’s proposal — submitted on May 31…

In Japan, a first steps toward legalizing same-sex marriage

A Tokyo assemblyman has proposed making it legal for same-sex couples to marry in Japan, where discrimination against homosexuality remains a contentious issue.

Tokyo Metropolitan Assemblyman Tadashi Saito’s proposal — submitted on May 31 to be discussed by Japan’s Gender Equality and Family Commission — has drawn praise from gay rights advocates.

Proponents, including lawmaker Yoshinobu Yamamoto, have hailed the proposal as a breakthrough.

“I consider Mr. Saito’s proposal is really wonderful news as it is the first of its kind,” Yamamoto told the Japan Times.

For decades, Osaka — among Japan’s major cities — was the last big city in Japan to permit gay marriage. The city council lifted its ban on same-sex marriage in May 2017.

Tokyo’s rapid pace of change has a big motivation: tourism. Japan is relying on a booming population boom to survive, but a shrinking and elderly one, according to one estimate. But preventing Japan from becoming Japan, as Mummy was to Greece, could pose many problems, including unemployment and more.

Tourism is Japan’s second-largest employer, after agriculture, providing 18 million jobs, according to the Financial Times. The number of foreign visitors increased 12.5 percent to 13.3 million last year.

Last week, Thai pink dolphin trainer Tracey Enslow told The Post how it was a tale of hope. In 2016, three adult dolphins at the dolphin park Taiji, in western Japan, skinned 21 baby dolphins to death.

He and others, including actresses Minako Hamada and Ayumi Harada, from the play “Running alongside Cetaceans” at Crown Theater in Tokyo, decided to respond to the incident and called for people to act to help save the cetaceans.

“This is a global campaign, it affects all of us as we are all human beings,” Harada told The Post.

The group launched a campaign to clean up Okinawa’s World War II-era military “war dolphin” experiment site, a secluded marine lab on the northernmost island in Japan.

In 2016, Japan finally legalized same-sex marriage in May. In Japan, however, same-sex marriages are still banned by most cities.

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