In Japan, a large number of businesses are openly gay, including bathhouses, and businesses that are run by gay men have faced criticism for their openness.
In one instance, a bathhouse owner was forced to close his business after he was caught in a “gay panic” following a lawsuit from a gay man who wanted to take a picture of a bath.
One business owner, however, has maintained that he is open to the idea of a gay bathhouse.
“I don’t want to hide behind my business name, so I’m going to be open to anyone, including gays and lesbians,” said Koji Okada, the owner of Tokyo Baths, in a Facebook video that has been viewed more than 30,000 times.
“If you are a member of the public and you want to come here, then come, we don’t have any problem.
We are just a bath house.”
In recent years, Japan has seen an increase in the number of gay bars and nightclubs across the country, and there are more than 50 openly gay establishments in the country.
In a report published in May, the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s LGBTQ Policy Center called on the government to allow the establishment of gay-friendly bars, restaurants and clubs, as well as the introduction of “gay-friendly” businesses in schools, as a way to counter the rising incidence of homophobic violence.
Okada also said that he has received threats from people who want to “sabotage” his business.
“Some people are coming to me to threaten me and try to ruin my business.
I hope people will be aware of what’s happening in Japan,” he said.
In Japan, the LGBT community has also faced increasing violence.
In March, two gay men were killed after they were attacked with a shovel at a Tokyo nightclub.
In February, a gay club owner in the city of Oita was shot dead by a mob, and the incident led to a nationwide crackdown on anti-LGBT discrimination and harassment.
Okadas is also a vocal supporter of the anti-discrimination law that was passed last month.
He said he was also upset to see that Japan’s Supreme Court upheld a ban on “gender-confusion” in January.
“This is a law that is not only a way for the government and the courts to help protect Japanese people from discrimination, but also to protect their privacy,” Okada said.