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The remarkable diversity of Japan and its people

Island nation home to hundreds of dialects, festivals, music and craft traditions

| Japan
A Kabuki actor makes up his face to play a female role: gender-bending and cross-dressing have a long and respectable history.   © AP

Stephen Givens is a corporate lawyer based in Tokyo.

As an American who has spent most of his life in Japan, watching America fragment over race and gender makes me grateful to be living in a country where 99% of the population could care less whether bakers should be legally compelled to bake cakes for gay weddings.

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