Archived from the original PDF on 30 December Homosexuality in Japan Sexual minorities in Japan. She was subject to body checks by male staff, had her hair shaved, and was denied feminine clothing. Reuse this content. University of California Press. Some other local governments have followed suit, and corporate Japan is showing signs of moving towards recognising same-sex unions.
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They argue the language of the postwar constitution is only meant to ensure equality between prospective spouses and prevent forced marriages. There are no explicit religious prohibitions against homosexuality in the traditional religion of Japan, Shintoism, or in the imported religions of Buddhism see " Buddhism and sexual orientation " or Confucianism. South China Morning Post. However, there was a growing animosity towards these practices.
While the court ruling does not seem to have extended to other areas of government-sponsored discrimination, it is cited by the courts as a civil rights case.