Revellers at the 2017 Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Photo: AP

Japanese LGBT couples will file Valentine’s Day lawsuits demanding gay marriage be made legal

  • The couples will file suits on February 14 in at least four cities, including Tokyo, claiming the government is violating their constitutional rights
  • Japan’s laws on LGBT rights are relatively liberal compared with many Asian countries but being openly gay remains largely taboo
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Revellers at the 2017 Tokyo Rainbow Pride parade in Tokyo’s Shibuya district. Photo: AP
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Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall

Julian Ryall never expected to still be in Japan 24 years after he first arrived, but he quickly realised its advantages over his native London. He lives in Yokohama with his wife and children and writes for publications around the world.