Month: November 2020

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At the Intersection of Identities: In Conversation with Jaime Smith, Black Lives Matter Tokyo

Jaime Smith of BLM Tokyo discusses the complexities of intersectional politics, interrogates what it means to be Black and LGBT+, and explores where to go from here in the current global political climate and in our historical moment. By Alexine Castillo Yap | Translated into Japanese by Ayşe Haruka Açıkbaş Voice Up Japan got to …

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Expressing Yourself through “Genderless” Fashion

Written in Japanese by Mai Miura | Translated by Daniel Read Ryota Yoshii presents himself with a flashy shirt, big motif earrings, and makeup. VUJ sat down with Ryota and talked about breaking stereotypical notions of “manliness” with his personal style and how it affected his way of thinking and how he sees society. Arriving …

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“Same-Sex Partnership: After an Incomplete Certificate What’s Next?

There is an accumulation of local governments issuing same-sex partnerships certificates. Although the same-sex partnership system brings recognition of same-sex couples, it is still not the endpoint when it comes to equality. As Voice Up Japan, we interviewed people from Nagoya, a city that is going to adopt same-sex partnership in 2021, to understand what the same-sex partnership system is and what it implies for LGBT people in Japan.