The issue of LGBT rights in Japan is a very complicated area. While same-sex acts aren't legally banned and there aren't any notable cases of discrimination based on sexual identity within the country, politicians rarely address the issue publicly and there aren't many laws passed in support of the LGBT community that would include anti-discrimination laws and marriage rights. Public opinion on the issue is a divided issue with the majority of younger and middle-aged citizens in support of the recognition of LGBT rights while much of the older populace are in opposition to it. The complicated environment of this is mostly due to Japan's "group over individual" mentality being engrained into much of the populace with the idea that having a family with a life partner of the opposite sex and raising children is proof you are someone responsible that contributes to the community (by raising children who will be the next generation contributors of their society).
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