Japan introduced anti-bullying ruling for LGBT kids

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The Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports about the new anti-bullying scheme provided nationwide aimed to protect LGBT students from discrimination on basis of sexuality and gender identity. “Japan’s new policy on bullying is an important step toward ensuring equal access to education for all Japanese children,” the HRW spokesman says, “The government is demonstrating leadership in educating and empowering teachers to protect LGBT students.” The Basic Policy for the Prevention of Bullying has been updated, and was released earlier this month by the country’s Education Ministry. It states that schools should stop bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by “promot[ing] proper understanding of teachers on…sexual orientation/gender identity as well as mak[ing] sure to inform on the school’s necessary measures regarding this matter.” The directive for teachers about treatment to the LGBT students, in part transgender issues, already exist in Japan.

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