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Coming Out in Japan
by Satoru Ito & Ryuta Yanase, translated by F. Conlan

Traditionally the Japanese have shunned those not fitting the majority heterosexual mould. Homosexuals have always endured an uncomfortable existence in a culture which condones blatant public scorn and ridicule. This book gives a human focus to the nascent struggle for social acceptance and dignity. It describes the authors’ coming out to society and their subsequent appeals, on both a personal and public level, for the acceptance of homosexuality by the wider community.

Published by Trans Pacific Press
Published 2001, 337 pp.
ISBN 1 876843 02 0, paperback, £19.99