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Marriage Equality Rights in Japan: Implications of Sapporo Court’s Landmark Decision

Wednesday, April 28, 2021   12:00

  • Makiko Terahara (Representative Director of Marriage for All Japan. Co-chair of the Tokyo defense team for the marriage equality lawsuit.)
  • Naosuke Fujita (Co-founder and co-Chair of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network.)

We will examine the implications of the recent court rulings in Japan concerning same-sex marriage. Japan is the only G7 country offering no protections or recognition to gay or lesbian couples. This ruling is a key milestone, which may bring marriage equality closer. This discussion by individuals who have been involved in this case and lead the marriage campaign in Japan will examine the prospects for marriage equality in Japan and the judicial and legislative processes that could lead to it. Following the presentations, we will have a moderated Q&A session.


This session is eligible for one substantive CLE credit. To receive the credit please register in advance at the following link [CLE Registration].
No registration required for participants who do not need CLE credits.

JPY 2,500 for those requiring CLE credit, payable by bank transfer or credit card. Free for attendees not requiring CLE credit.

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Meeting ID: 926 4411 5199

About CLE Credit

Temple Law School is an accredited provider of continuing legal education (CLE) in Pennsylvania. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. This session may qualify New York’s Diversity Inclusion and Elimination of Bias CLE credit. However, non-Pennsylvania licensed attorneys are responsible for facilitating their out-of-state CLE credit submission with their respective state. Please inform us before the event if your CLE board requires anything other than an attendance verification letter.

Date & Time:
Wednesday, April 28, 2021   12:00
Co-moderated by Alexander Dmitrenko (Adjunct Professor of Law, Temple University, Japan Campus; co-founder and co-Chair of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network) and Robert Dujarric (ICAS, Temple University Japan)
Registration is encouraged (e-mail to icas@tuj.temple.edu), but not required. 登録なしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。

This event is co-organized by Temple Law School; Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS); Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN); and TUJ LEAD – Leading in Equity, Acceptance and Diversity.

Note: All ICAS events are held in English, open to the public, and admission is free unless otherwise noted.


Makiko Terahara

Representative Director of Marriage for All Japan. Co-chair of the Tokyo defense team for the marriage equality lawsuit.

Makiko Terahara is Co-Representative of Marriage For All Japan (2019-), Co-Representative of Tokyo Omotesando LPC (2010-), In-House Lawyer of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd. (2008-2010), Qualified as Attorney in New York (2008), Graduated from LL.M of New York University (2007), Associate of domestic law firms (2000-2005), Qualified as Attorney in Japan (2000), Graduated from Tokyo University (1997).

Naosuke Fujita

Co-founder and co-Chair of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network.

Naosuke Fujita is a Co-Representative Director and one of the co-founders of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN). Naosuke is a graduate of Waseda University Department of Law and University of Michigan Law School LLM. Following a career as a business lawyer at Japanese and US law firms, since March 2009, Naosuke is General Counsel for Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. and an Ally of its LGBT Network. In June 2017 Naosuke was awarded by Financial Times the Most Innovative General Counsel Award in connection with activities related to LLAN.