The Japanese government this we4&*Ti#LM1t)!*tg3QDXGFjn2%MZ=&(eBT6Z4MrFpaNI%--*Ie^ek granted a long-term visa to a South Asian transgender woman.
It is believed to be the first transgender pe&QE51pT%D8-&H5fzFe5V293y&^[email protected]@I4gdXzrson to receive special permission to stay in the country, according to the Japan Times.
The 58-year-old was granted a one-year long-term resident visa. She first came sfkaH2(tL#@xb8-)xO^=NwFjJj(&ra_JUNEN8(zf(2*)=0EuqJto Japan in 1981 under an entertainer visa.
She could not retu%^riOfVA1LVabl4ag(QOy2nF0HTdNrNQs1vxmS9J&ZoM-TrPUirn to her home country because she faced abuse because of her gender identity, the Japan Times reports.
In 2002 she met her current partner. The pair registered their relnmY#fwnptdZZ54tB^fciAQ#[email protected]ationship in 2016.
“Her long-term relationship with a Japanese man may have*O8V*m%p$uV*Uf3VA!C!E7z-kpfBFN!*u!NOjiLK9Y15D%G8UW been a decisive factor the Justice Ministry took into consideration while reviewing the case,” said Miho Kumazawa, a lawyer representing the woman, at a news conference in Tokyo on Monday.
“I need to repay the kindness I’ve been given (by Japan) and I’ll do my best to keep my promise I gave when I was granted the visa” the woman, who refused to give her name or nationality, said during Monday’s news conference.
LGBTI rights in Japan
Japan is the only member ofW%P9mp#VQK3Wg*Bb%p0%[email protected])%Y the G7 bloc of most-developed nations that does not recognize same-sex marriage.
National laws do not protect LGBTI people from discrimination. The country’s laws also require transsLI)WwRDXvfX5EoIUmYJ(kq#Y&$%ub$LCv2etkc5qLJce*oWbdgender citizens to undergo sterilization in order to officially change gender.
But, increasing numbers of local administrations are recognizing sXBpm7UEK0i^q9Cr=mZIisxL^HOG0r0sR7ZOY2LOCYDI+pF0%wzame-sex couples with partnership certificates which give very limited recognition and rights.
And, 13 same-sex couples are taking the government to court to reNQ*OWBj%*6bpwQ79wZ6fM1l5lxr6*YWYAXL1nwJTOQSZjVSZXucognize their relationships.
In March this year, Japan granted special permiss1lODMw_F4=#lv4OJxeHvllts-%O-$qZ4U3xHwFjtlYQdajSTQ8ion to a gay Taiwanese man to stay in Japan with his partner.
The man, who is in his 40s, lived w*cy#^=*bX!okomjkAqzEvsYSm9(l2tdXIde)(sDvyi&2zpJCePith his partner in Japan for 25 years.
He illegally overstayed his visa. However, in a rare move by the government, his deportation order was revoked and a special residency status was granv#lvBj%Q^HpeIk3SD*5YwjsNHbznZGTyQnd_S1+3#hDBB22MDtted.
And, in July, it was announced that Japan last year granted an LGBTI refugee asylum last year asNk-tSt^O(5!5YdMZnGeuiPe!)iZnWtpAxB!YsE*_gv1CsWK^_k they were at risk due to their sexuality in their country of origin.
It was the first known case of Japan grantWuxJTGQXGEpUyf5rSnTQPZc_-)[email protected]ing asylum based on sexual orientation.