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2023 June 21 - 27 TOP3 [SOCIAL ISSUES]

JCP holds street campaign in support for 'Pride Month'

June 27, 2023

The Japanese Communist Party Gender Equality Commission on June 26 held a street campaign near Shinjuku Station in Tokyo in support for global "Pride Month", displaying banners in rainbow colors.

The commission head, Kurabayashi Akiko (JCP vice chair, Upper House) said, "We will continue our efforts to help realize a gender-equal society so that people of all genders can legally marry someone they love. We will also keep working hard to create better conditions for people to have children if they want in order to reverse the falling rate of births. This is the role of politics."

The commission deputy head, Yamazoe Taku (Upper House) stated, "Join us in our campaign to change politics in order for everyone, regardless of sex, to live with dignity, to be oneself."

The commission member, Nihi Sohei (Upper House) spoke on the newly-enacted LGBT law which the 4-party coalition (the ruling Liberal Democratic-Komei parties, "Ishin", and the Democratic Party for the People) steamrollered through in the latest ordinary Diet session. Nihi criticized the new law for potentially encouraging discrimination against sexual minorities. He said, "Japan is a country where human rights are not properly ensured for all genders. We ask for your cooperation, beyond the political party boundaries, to enable Japanese society to finally meet international human rights standards."

Many young people stopped to listen to JCP Dietmembers' talk and received handbills calling for a gender-free society. A 22-year-old student from the United States was surprised to hear that an option to use both surnames after marriage does not exist in Japan. A woman in her 20s said, "Women are paid low wages compared to men and are rarely promoted to executive positions. I want politicians to work to transform society."

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