Re: [Yuricon] [OTish but feel-good] Lesbian politician in Japan gets hitched
There's also a pretty good section on her in Kickboxing Geisha by Veronica Chambers (pp 233-240.)
From Pink News:
Japan's first openly lesbian politician celebrated her same-sex
partnership on Sunday, a month before elections for Japan's upper
Kanako Otsuji, 32, is a candidate for the Democratic Party of Japan
in next month's election for the House of Councillors.
She tied the knot with her partner of four years, Maki Kimura, 32.
Full article here:
http://www.pinknews .co.uk/news/ articles/ 2005-4557. html
I'm currently reading "Emerging Lesbian Voices From Japan" and it's
depressing the heck out of me, so this piece of news simply made me
happy. The picture on the article just makes me smile. :-)
...I can't help but think that if even a few people in Japan are
brave enough to force change, things would change pretty quickly.
Everytime I'm there, it strikes me as a country poised on the brink
of change but no one wants to be the one to be the first, which is
admittedly a miserable and difficult position in any culture, much
less in the group-centric East.
But I digress. Best wishes to the happy couple and good luck in the
elections to Otsuji-san.