Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Japan has missed an important opportunity to educate students about sexual and gender minorities.
The national curriculum is reviewed once every ten years but the Japanese government has opted to omit LGBT+ content saying that it would be too “difficult” because “the public and guardians have not accepted” the topic yet.
HRW has released a statement condemning the decision saying, “Japan’s children have a right to accurate and inclusive education—in particular, sex education.”
The statement points to a 2013 report that surveyed 6,000 primary and high school teachers from across six municipalities.
The survey found that between 63 and 73 per cent of responders thought LGBT issues should be included in the curriculum.
Currently, students in Japan are taught that “when in puberty…young people develop an interest in the opposite sex.”
HRW recently commended Japan for including LGBT students in its national bullying prevention policy but says there is still a long way to go.
“Japan’s sex education curriculum falls far short of these standards, and will continue to fail students.”