One of the most shocking reports I’ve read recently was with regard to transgender people living in Japan who must undergo sterilization in order to have their identified gender legally recognized. They must also register and list themselves as someone living with a mental disorder. In March 2017, Tomoya Hosoda, a 25-year-old Japanese transgender man, won election to his city council and made history as he was the first transgender to win an election in Japan.
Hopefully, by being in a position of visibility he will assist with improving the image and acceptance of transgender people in Japan. Sometimes even just by meeting someone who represents a minority assists in changing values and ways of thinking. I simply can’t imagine the trauma and pain an individual must go through to be sterilized. To imagine this is a requirement in a first world country is mind boggling.