Nondiscrimination legislation to be introduced in Japan

The opposition Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) plans to introduce a bill in the National Diet that would comprehensively address discrimination against LGBT people in the country.  A draft outline of the bill reveals that it aims to address discrimination in employment, housing, and education.

Under the proposed law, the government would require companies to create policies to address discrimination in hiring, promotions, and work life.  The government would also publicly reprimand companies that fail to introduce adequate guidelines.  Local government will also be required to draw up plans for addressing LGBT discrimination, and schools will need to develop education plans to combat the issue.

The DPJ hopes to gain cosponsorship support from the governing Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) before officially introducing the bill.  Many lawmakers in the conservative LDP, however, have in the past opposed legislation furthering LGBT rights.

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