Gender-affirming surgery to be state-funded in Japan

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The Japanese government has announced that it will now subside gender affirming surgery for transgender people in certain cases. Trans and non-binary people will be able to change the gender identity on their ID’s and in some particular cases the state is ready to pay for surgeries for these people if they are not receiving hormone treatment and do not have any other pre-existing conditions. The patient will still have to pay for the surgery, but it will be only a part of the whole sum — apparently 30%, the government reports. Such a move is a great step forward for the Japanese trans community. Nut gender recognition process remains very complicated in the country, so there is still a lot of work to be done in this direction. Applicants are required to be single and without children under 20, undergo a psychiatric evaluation to receive a diagnosis of “Gender Identity Disorder” (GID). Gender confirmation surgeries vary drastically in price according to procedure. Bottom surgery costs roughly £13,000 for trans men and trans women, reports Stonewall Japan. Trans people have to be forcibly sterilized in order to gain recognition of their gender. As Japan has not legalized same-sex marriage, trans people are left to choose between their fertility or their marital rights.

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