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Friday, 02 February 2018 17:34

Publisher of Japan’s most authoritative dictionary has corrected the definition of 'LGBT'

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Iwanami Shoten, the publisher of Kojien, Japan’s most authoritative dictionary, revised the definition of 'LGBT' after making a big mistake for lack of knowledge. They also apologized.

In the seventh edition of Kojien, the publisher, Iwanami Shoten, aimed to move with the times by integrating the term 'LGBT.' Unfortunately, the definition wasn't correct.

LGBT people were defined without distinction: “people whose sexual orientations are different from the majority.”

The publisher didn't understand that the term 'LGBT' is divided into several groups: lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. And that this concerns sexual orientation and gender identity.

Mameta Endo, a trans person, pointed out the mistake on the Internet.

“This occurrence mirrors the current situation in which LGBT people are not understood correctly, even though the use of the word has spread,” said Endo.

Iwanami Shoten has revised the definition. Now it looks like this: “in broad terms, people whose sexual orientations are not heterosexual or people whose gender identity does not match the sex they were identified with at birth.” It's better, isn't it?

Flyers bearing the correction and an apology were distributed in all bookstores. And all versions of the dictionary that will be reprinted in the future will take into account the correct definition.

Iwanami Shoten revised the definition of 'LGBT.' We can forgive them for their mistake.


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