Social Services and Visiting/Returning to Japan

  • Masami TamagawaEmail author


Despite the great majority of them being fluent in English, albeit in a lesser extent among those in Australia, participants expressed their strong desire to have a support group for LGBT diasporas from Japan. This chapter examines some of the services and events they wish a support group could offer, including an immigration-related service, an LGBT emergency shelter, and social events. On the other hand, while showing a strong interest for participating in a support group for LGBT immigrants from Japan, the great majority of the participants stated that they would not return to Japan even if legal protection of human rights among LGBT individuals were guaranteed in Japan. Through their narratives, this chapter comparatively examines some of the major problems LGBT individuals are facing in contemporary Japanese society.


Local friends The Internet Social services LGBT-support group Visiting Japan Returning to Japan Human rights in Japan 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Skidmore CollegeSaratoga SpringsUSA

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