This consisted of a keynote speech on global trends, and a panel discussion involving concerned parties, followed by the announcement of the results of Pride Index 2017 rankings of corporate initiatives concerning LGBT. The panel discussion was entitled 'Thoughts on International Coming Out Day' and the discussion covered two themes, one each from global and domestic perspectives: 'Learning from Global Trends -- Coming Out? Or Not?' and 'Coming out in the Japanese Workplace Today.'
Session on 'Learning from Global Trends -- Coming Out? Or Not?'
Panelist Tristan Higgins, Director of Sony Electronics Inc.'s law department, spoke on 'Why is coming out difficult?' Referring to her own experiences, she explained how the ability to be herself in the workplace was beneficial both for herself and for the company.
Session on 'Coming out in the Japanese Workplace Today.'
Three people spoke about coming out in the Japanese workplace. The first said that it is important that companies consider not just the short-term results but continue the activities for the benefit of subsequent generations. The second said that allies play a vital role whether you come out or not, and that it is vital to engage in activities on the assumption that some people are unable to come out. The third noted that since individual situations and thinking differ, there is no such thing as a measure that fits all cases. It is therefore necessary to continue with a variety of measures.