The Untied States Supreme Court granted the right for lesbian, bisexual, and gay couples to get married on June 27, 2015. Following this Supreme Court’s decision, other countries such as Japan followed “Big Brother’s” lead, but Japan’s social perspective regarding homosexuality is completely different from the West. However, prior to the June U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last March, the Shibuya Ward granted marriage license for same sex couples, but it “drew a cautious response from conservative politicians” with fears that same sex marriage will affect the birthrate.
Despite the concerns of Japan’s same sex marriage push, the cause of this event was largely influenced by the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling. America pushed for marriage equality which includes gender equality. When news broke that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled for same sex marriage Japan reacted with joy, not due to the LGBT rights, but for gender equality. There have been numerous LGBT politicians, such as Taiga Ishikawa, that have voiced their support to have LGBT accepted in Japan. Even in the media there are newscasters who are transsexual.
A great deal of “positives” have resulted from the June 2015 Supreme Court’s decision; however, there are still many complex issues that need to resolved such as raising awareness/acceptance, better protection laws, and making hospital visits to a partner.
Finally, the underlying issue of LGBT in Japan is homophobia. However, this issue is unrelated with other global current events because it is a social-gender related issue. The LGBT homophobic stigma is clearly demonstrated through the Japanese people. First, seeing two people of the same sex kiss in Japan is considered gross and unacceptable in public. Secondly, the older generation thinks that it will damage society.
In closing, as much as the United States has lead the way to LGBT equality, still other countries like Japan have a long way towards acceptance.