On 10 July 2003, the National Diet of Japan unanimously approved a law that enables transsexual people to amend their legal sex, the Act on Special Cases in Handling Gender for People with Gender Identity Disorder. The law, effective on 16 July 2004, requires applicants be both unmarried and childless. On 28 July 2004, Naha Family Court in Okinawa Prefecture returned a verdict to a transsexual woman in his 20s, allowing his family registry record or koseki to be amended as he was born a female. It is generally believed to be the first court approval under the new law. 

Rights still lacking over gender identity disorder _ The Japan Times.

NHK discusses gender with a fresh openness _ The Japan Times.