Visiting Scholar Workshop
139 Macdougal Street, NY, NY, 10033
5th Floor Conference Room
"The difference between LGBT Discrimination in Japan and the US; and how to eliminate it through litigation and legislation"
Mr. Takeharu Kato received a Bachelor’s degree from the Faculty of Law at Kyoto University. He has been a practicing lawyer in Japan since 2004 as a member of the Japan Federation of Bar Associations (JFBA). He specializes in Labor Law, Family Law and Criminal Law. Besides dealing with general civil cases such as labor related problems, divorce and inheritance as well as criminal cases, Mr. Kato is engaged in activities supporting the LGBT community. He is a member of the Legal Network for LGBT Rights, which is the only organization of legal specialists to protect the rights of LGBT people in Japan. He and other lawyers in this organization represent the LGBT community who wish to be married in Japan and submit petitions to the JFBA to make a request under the human rights remedy program in a bid to legalize same-sex marriages.