#Series 29
“How can we create the society where each one of us, including minorities, feels INCLUDED?”

VIDEO: Opening Talk (Part 1)

Opening talk is 48 minutes. After my brief welcome, Michikazu Koshiba of MURC, host of the session 29, welcomes all the participants and gives us the overview of the company. It was followed by my brief talk on “summer is over, now time to work”.
I then introduced the background of the topic, in particular, how the term “inclusive” has become a “hot” word today. I also shared some of the events around LGBT in the world, such as Bruce Jenner turning to Caitlyn Jenner, referendum in Ireland. I talked about my own experience of having gay couples as close friends.
At about 11 minutes into the video, Ruriko Toshida of MURC explained why she chose the topic, together with the trend in the world and in Japan, for 10 minutes.
Then we asked each participant to recall when they felt “excluded” and to share their stories with neighbors.
At 24:40 into the video, I introduced our special guest, Yurika Enomoto of Letibee who gave an overview of Letibee. I joined her by asking some questions. From her own experience of finding out and being confident of her own identity of Lesbian, we learned a lot regarding “what’s good and bad” now, “how we can support them” and “institutional obstacles such as social security, etc.”

VIDEO: Presentation & Closing (Part 2)

This part is about 37 minutes. In the first 30 seconds, you can watch how breakout sessions proceed.
Then 8 groups including the group from Nagoya who were watching the session, in total, report back result of their group discussion. Visual is a bit shaky this time and you may find some parts difficult to watch, but the audio is OK.
Some of the take away from the groups include:

  • We need more knowledge and information about LGBT and other minorities.
  • We should break “old” “stereotyped” concepts of “happy life, household” etc. Some of the stereotypes may be our own.
  • Some companies have processes/systems to increase knowledge, and to show specific steps as to how to deal with minorities.
  • Education of very young generation is a key to change the mindset, and it takes place not only at schools but also at home. Parents play a very important role.
  • We need to get used to diversity, as it is the reality of life today.
  • Schools and some organizations should depart from “right” uniform, “right hair style” and fixed criteria to categorize people. Removing items that are related to gender, sexual preference etc. may be a step forward.
  • Some interesting ideas are proposed to show our support and friendliness to minorities, as LGBT is “hidden” and not obvious.
  • Toilet-whether multi-use toilet benefits or not- discussed.
  • NPOs for LGBT through sports and workshop at school, and proposal to make the city of Nagoya the model of “diverse” city are introduced.

In the last several minutes, Yukari made comments about the session.

In order to get the ideas as to how breakout sessions and report back is done, we recommend viewing the video.

We appreciate greatly the support of Mitsubishi UFJ Research and Consulting and Yukari Enomoto to come share her experiences with us all.

VIDEO: After Session (Part 3)

After the session, I conducted brief interview with Ruriko Toshida of MURC and Yurika Enomoto of Letibee, both in Japanese and in English. Total time is 10 minutes.
Ruriko explained the reason why she chose this topic and her reactions to the session. Yurika shared with us her happy surprise that so many people are taking the issue as their own and get engaged.

#Session 29 “Davos Experience in Tokyo” series
September 4, 2015
“How can we create the society where each one of us, including minorities, feels INCLUDED?”

It is these several years that we hear the term LGBT. It stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender, and considers to be an inclusive label for minority sexualities and identified.
Recently the public poll legalized the same sex marriage in Ireland for the first time in the world. In the US, Supreme Court has ruled that there is a federal constitutional right to same sex marriage.
In Japan, Shibuya ward office made a decision for the first time in Japan, to issue “partnership certificate” as same sex partnership is recognized as similar to marriage.
According to the study LGBT 2015 done by Dentsu Diversity Lab, 7.6% of respondents to the survey (N=some 70,000) are LGBT in Japan.

Human Rights Watch works for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people’s rights, as “sexual orientation and gender identity are integral part of ourselves and should never lead to discrimination of abuse.”

Very recently, former Bruce Jenner, decathlon champion of Montreal Summer Olympics in 1976, transcended sex to become Caitlyn Jenner. Her photo was on the cover of magazine and she received Arthur Ache award.

Some businesses have taken initiative to recognize same sex partners as “family” as in the case of Softbank in Japan. “Diversity” has become “popular” term for companies, and LGBT may be perceived as part of Diversity.

At session #29 of Davos Experience in Tokyo series, we will discuss LGBT which may be rather unfamiliar topic. Topics for discussion may include “Should we transform our society to include LGBT as integral part so that LGBT people can come out without the fear? Is LGBT one aspect of our individuality and recognized as such in the society? What do we need to do to create such society?”

「誰もが生きやすい社会を目指して マイノリティが自然に受け入れられるには」



LGBTはここ数年良く聞かれるダイバーシティのひとつとして捉えられることが多く、人権擁護の積極的な活動をしているHuman Rights Watchでも、性的指向や性別は各人の個性のひとつの側面であり、人権であるため、それによって差別されたり、虐待されるべきではない、と明確に打ち出しています。ダイバーシティは日本でも良く語られますが、LGBTもダイバーシティのひとつとして捉えられることが多いです。また米国では、1976年モントリオール・オリンピック10種競技のチャンピオンBruce JennerがTransgenderだったことから、女性に転換して、Caitlyn Jennerとして雑誌の表紙になったり、Arthur Asch awardを受賞したりしています。




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  1. I am really interested in discussing social issues epecially about human rights. Really look forward to this great opportunity. Thank you.

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