Don Quijote discount store sets up restroom for LGBT people in Tokyo

2017.05.15 | Tokyo

An "All Gender" restroom for LGBT people is seen on the second floor of the flagship store of discount chain store operator Don Quijote Co. in Tokyo's Shibuya shopping area on May 11, 2017, a day before it will open to customers. (Kyodo) ==Kyodo

Japanese discount retailer Don Quijote Co. has installed a restroom for LGBT people at its flagship store that opened Friday in Tokyo's Shibuya Ward, a pioneer municipality in Japan trying to eliminate discrimination against sexual minorities.

The company is offering the "All Gender" restroom, located on the second floor of the "Mega Don Quijote" store, as it supports the ward's efforts to create a diversity accepting society, Don Quijote officials said.

In a rare move in the Japanese retail industry, Don Quijote will consider introducing restrooms for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people at other stores if there is a positive response from its customers in Shibuya, according to the officials.

The restroom at the Shibuya store has three stalls with handrails and chairs for infants to be accessible to people with disabilities and small children as well.

In 2015, Shibuya recognized same-sex partnerships as equivalent to marriage and started issuing certificates to such couples.

Several municipalities in Japan have followed Shibuya in officially recognizing same-sex partnerships, including Sapporo on Japan's northernmost main island of Hokkaido.


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