Activist fighting for LGBT rights

Toshima Ward candidate aims to pass partnership ordinance [Taiga] Ishikawa, a 36-year-old writer and activist with inside experience in politics [and an openly gay candidate running for the Toshima Ward Assembly in Tokyo], said he is not trying to become Japan’s Harvey Milk. But what he is aiming for as a politician is to make … Read more

Will there ever be a rainbow Japan?

Government statistics suggest multiculturalism is on the rise, but social organizations for mixed-race Japanese say ‘hafus’ still face challenges Japan, which closed its borders from 1639 to 1854 and later colonized its neighbors, has an uneasy history with foreigners, national identity, and multiculturalism. Yet government statistics and grassroots organizations say multiculturalism in the famously insular … Read more