Words: Steve Brown
The Tokyo government have passed a bill to tackle discrimination against the LGBT community ahead of the 2020 Olympics.
According to the new law – which was announced by the Metropolitan Government today (October 5) – it will ban “any sort of discrimination” that is stated in the Olympic Charter.
The law read: “This act upholds the goal of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government to make Tokyo a city that upholds the human rights values of banning any sort of discrimination as stated in the Olympic Charter.
“The Tokyo Metropolitan Government, citizens and enterprises may not unduly discriminate on the basis of gender identity or sexual orientation.”
The new bill was drafted in advance of the city hosting the 2020 summer Olympics, according to the Human Rights Watch, who consulted on the bill.
The government will “conduct measures needed to make sure human rights values are rooted in all corners of the city and diversity is respected in the city”.