ICAS EVENT: Marriage Equality in Asia, 20 June 2019

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Marriage Equality in Asia & the Business Case for Equal Marriage



Thursday, June 20, 2019




7:00 - 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.)




Temple University, Japan Campus, Azabu Hall, 1F Parliament

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Alexander Dmitrenko, Co-Representative Director of the Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN)

Naosuke Fujita, Co-Representative Director of the Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN)

Makiko Terahara, Co-Representative Director of Marriage for All Japan




Kyle Cleveland, Associate Director of ICAS




Free. Open to the public.









* Registration is encouraged, but not required.

* 事前申込みなしでも参加できますので、直接会場へお越しください。



The first marriage equality law was passed in the Netherlands in 2000. Two decades later, as of May 2019, twenty seven jurisdictions extended the right to marry to lesbian and gay couples covering every continent, including Asia. This May, Taiwan becomes the first country in Asia with a same-sex marriage legislation (following New Zealand and Australia in the Asia-Pacific).  In Japan, on Valentine’s Day 2019, multiple law suits were filed seeking equal marriage rights. 


There have been numerous empirical studies and arguments pro/con equal marriage.  Equality has been achieved through adjudication, legislative processes and even referenda, primarily relying on legal and human rights concepts of equality, non-discrimination and fair treatment.  In addition, businesses have become among the strongest supporters of equal treatment to LGBT, including marriage equality. Twenty seven major entities in Japan, including multiple chambers of commerce, law firms, legal organizations, corporations and service provides, have expressed their support of equal marriage by endorsing the ACCJ’s Viewpoint on Marriage Equality. 


Our panel will cover international developments, including Taiwanese equal marriage law, the Japanese lawsuit for marriage equality, and the Viewpoint’s business case for equal marriage.



Alexander Dmitrenko is a Co-Representative Director and one of the co-founders of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN). Alexander began his legal career in Canada, including working on same-sex marriage and other LGBT rights cases. Pursuant to receiving his Master of Laws degree from NYU, Alexander worked in New York and Tokyo. He is currently a Senior Associate in the Tokyo office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, focusing on regulatory and compliance matters. Alexander is qualified to practice law in the Russian Federation, New York State and England & Wales. He is also registered as a Gaikokuho-Jimu-Bengoshi with the Daini Tokyo Bar Association (as a NY attorney).

Naosuke Fujita is a Co-Representative Director and one of the co-founders of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN). Naosuke is a graduate of Waseda University Department of Law and University of Michigan Law School LLM. Following a career as a business lawyer at Japanese and US law firms, since March 2009, Naosuke is General Counsel for Goldman Sachs Japan Co., Ltd. and an Ally of its LGBT Network. In June 2017 Naosuke was awarded by Financial Times the Most Innovative General Counsel Award in connection with activities related to LLAN.

Makiko Terahara is Co-Representative of Marriage For All Japan (2019-), Co-Representative of Tokyo Omotesando LPC (2010-), In-House Lawyer of Merrill Lynch Japan Securities Co., Ltd. (2008-2010), Qualified as Attorney in New York (2008), Graduated from LL.M of New York University (2007), Associate of domestic law firms (2000-2005), Qualified as Attorney in Japan (2000), Graduated from Tokyo University (1997).




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Institute of Contemporary Asian Studies

Temple University, Japan Campus


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