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The Japanese government this wEqF(sPGE$+tjWL2wsQj6OLFrvaTfJa0mA8CzTSFxWIewrlQSI#eek granted a long-term visa to a South Asian transgender woman.

It is believed top8ZJTNG)tL7MWrSKz&&R&NG&Ij-a8Tp*(x&kBr-S=Bc*6SKmy9 be the first transgender person to receive special permission to stay in the country, according to the Japan Times.

The 58-year-old was granted a one-yeZYj=%R1ds+MFc6PX-w5NWVjI#[email protected](YYFB^ar long-term resident visa. She first came to Japan in 1981 under an entertainer visa.

She could not return to her home country bVIYvMT$&_q99w)mrIcqg(br-u4$P(X%5fP3&OUVb^EMD^x_k_$ecause she faced abuse because of her gender identity, the Japan Times reports.

In UQ5H+dgVyXL7JvKeRbNVfxiVU$ccnngk#IOBxw^0MzynIfhtZM2002 she met her current partner. The pair registered their relationship in 2016.

“Her long-term rm$OOSbs(2)%eAQpQubHdw+EkTjY+N^0*YHtq&elOJ90+&YBJtAelationship with a Japanese man may have been a decisive factor the Justice Ministry took into consideration while reviewing the case,” said Miho Kumazawa, a lawyer representing the woman, at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.

“I need to repay the kindness I’ve been given (by Japan) and I’ll do my best to keep my promise I gave when I was granted the visa” the woman, who refused to give her name or nationality, said during Monday’s news conference.

LGBTI rights in Japan

Japan is the only member of the G7 bloc of most-developed nations that does not reJ1!4!R%-63taG!%50P9GovGmw3bzul#_XMNf*8^Z1#O=Lw654Gcognize same-sex marriage.

National laws do not protect LGBTI people from discrimination. The country’s laws also require transgender citizens to undergU99shftpd#sPp$E+&^tcf)4yXk(eI_+SL*WhceDuXxEl$J8)sDo sterilization in order to officially change gender.

But, increasing numbers of local administratiowW+_7XCuD8sxpuVOPO#[email protected]=v4w(3L^Ny#()Bji*c#u8PILns are recognizing same-sex couples with partnership certificates which give very limited recognition and rights.

And, 13 same-sex couples are taking the government to court to recognize their relationshipT^agaH+tAkO&3mVjMNXh!cK1J#uvc5h08g4Ot5y)6%Ks^K9R*xs.

In Marc&z^v=yP!zEFWKm742([email protected])CH$RHPjNIW)nr8Hh this year, Japan granted special permission to a gay Taiwanese man to stay in Japan with his partner.

The man, who is in his 40s, lived with his partner inzOt6W+fvjpIG1X)Zf31Y_ve1cp+jwTCW^Vm8&$pWh&Y&qLBdq9 Japan for 25 years.

He illegally overstayed his visa. However, in a rare move by the governmep#uggfgcAi5!ezQyodft07r3HYebmZ1dhY^0GYttJa+F*h=QjVnt, his deportation order was revoked and a special residency status was granted.

And, in July, it was announced that Japan last year granted an LGBTI refugee asylum last year as they were aAKmGEJuen5n8zi6L)l)i$^sr=k+Yn%QwK1^TS7UJ4PT*[email protected]t risk due to their sexuality in their country of origin.

It was the first known case ofH1IUsuLz+w4b1(1M*l$of64JmVrR!_Z4Pu&mo9KC6%6N3jr9uU Japan granting asylum based on sexual orientation.

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