Fruits In Suits One-Year Anniversary Event with Harvard Club of Japan: LGBTI Marriage Rights in Japan with Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe

This is a co-sponsored event with the Harvard Club of Japan

Fruits in Suits 1st Anniversary Event with Shibuya Mayor Ken Hasebe and the Honorable Freddy Svane of Denmark.

Fruits in Suits (FinS), Japan’s largest international LGBT organization of professional men and women, and the Harvard Club of Japan are proud to present special guest Mayor Ken Hasebe of the City of Shibuya, who will speak about the background of the Shibuya ordinance to issue certificates recognized as an equivalent to marriage in his ward.

We will hear about the current situation and future initiatives as well as take questions from the audience in a candid discussion with two NPOs deeply involved with these political and social challenges.

The Honorable Freddy Svange, Ambassador of Denmark to Japan, will also be attending. As representative of the first country to legalize same-sex marriage, he will join us in lauding Shibuya’s first step towards this goal.

Panelists include NPOs Equal Marriage Alliance Japan Founder and President Kazu Terada and Kyousei Net (Japan Sexual Minorities Support Network for Social Inclusion, JaSMin) Executive Director Minata Hara.

About Fruits in Suits Japan

FinS members are professionals in business, education, the arts and other fields, but we also serve as a nexus between our members and other LGBTI organizations working to realize and secure the equality and civil liberties of both Japanese and resident LGBTI individuals in Japan. Our mission is to inform the community of these domestic efforts through regularly scheduled speaker events and communications; unite with LGBTI organizations through a variety of financial and strategic initiatives; and support them to effect change in our communities and society.

Profile of Ken Hasebe


· Born in Jingumae, Shibuya City in 1972

· Attended Jingumae Elementary School, Harajuku Junior High School
and Koseigakuen High School

· Graduated from Senshu University

· Established NPO “Green Bird” and started a campaign to “clean the town”:
a promotion not to litter the street with cigarette butts. Starting in Harajuku/Omotesando, it has now spread to more than 60 areas all over Japan.

· Worked as a member of the Shibuya City Assembly from 2003 for 12 years.

· Inaugurated as Mayor of Shibuya City on April 27, 2015.

This event is supported by Alfa Romeo.

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Fri Sep 11, 2015
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM JST
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〒106-0032 Tokyo, Minato 六本木6丁目10−1 六本木ヒルズ 森タワー 51F Japan
Roppongi Station via Hibiya Line Exit 1C, 3min.; Roppongi Station via Oedo Line Exit 3, 6min.; Azabu Juban Station via Oedo Line Exit 7, 9min.; Azabu Juban Station via Namboku Line Exit 4, 12min.; Nogizaka Station via Chiyoda Line Exit 5, 10min.