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Japan still has long way to go in embracing sexual diversity

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Ochanomizu University, a state-run college for women in Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward, announced July 10 that it will open its doors in fiscal 2020 to transgender women students who are legally male.

Other universities, including Japan Women's University, are also considering following suit. This is a significant move toward recognizing diversity in sexual orientation and guaranteeing broader educational opportunities to all students.

In a directive issued in 2015 to elementary, junior and senior high schools around the nation, the education ministry urged "thoughtful handling" of children who identify as sexual minorities.

When this matter became a topic of discussion in school textbooks, visible changes began to take place. For instance, a municipal junior high school in Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, switched to a gender-free school uniform.

It is only natural for transgender women to........

© The Asahi Shimbun