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Challenges regarding support of sexual minorities in Japanese companies 2019

According to a survey conducted in November 2019 about diversity in the workplace, around 51 percent of surveyed companies found it difficult to understand the exact needs and opinions of parties concerned when implementing support initiatives for LGBT individuals. Approximately 41 percent of respondents were not sure what kind of efforts would be helpful.
The acronym LGBT stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and has been used since the 1990s. It is an umbrella term for individuals identifying as non-heterosexual or non-cisgender, with the latter meaning that the individual's gender identity does not match their sex assigned at birth.

Structural difficulties faced by companies taking efforts to support LGBT individuals in their workplace in Japan in 2019

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Release date

September 2020



Survey time period

November 8 to 25, 2019

Number of respondents

651 respondents

Special properties

among Japanese companies with 50 or more employees

Method of interview

Postal questionnaire

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Which challenges did you face when advancing support initiatives for sexual minorities in your company?".

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