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Singer Utada Hikaru Reveals Nonbinary Identity, Wants More Discussions on LGBTQ Issues in Japan

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    Japanese American singer Utada Hikaru revealed their nonbinary identity during a recent livestream on Instagram.

    The reveal: Over the weekend, the 38-year-old singer wished everyone a happy Pride Month and came out as nonbinary to their Instagram followers, according to Kotaku.


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    A post shared by Hikaru Utada (@kuma_power)

    • They also shared a post from a few weeks ago detailing how they are sick of being asked if they are “Miss or Missus” and having to choose between “Miss/Mrs./Ms.”
    • Utada discovered the title “Mx.” (usually pronounced as “mix”), which they hope “becomes more widely used.”


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    A post shared by Hikaru Utada (@kuma_power)

    • A Japanese news program reported on Utada’s coming-out moment, suggesting that it could promote more discussions on LGBTQ issues in Japan.

    Other details: Utada was born in New York City in 1983 to Japanese singer Keiko Fuji and Japanese music producer Teruzane Utada, according to Billboard.

    • Utada started writing songs at the age of 10. They wrote, recorded and released their first song, “Precious,” at the age of 15.
    • They eventually found success at 16 years old after releasing the 1998 Japanese-language album “First Love.”
    • They also sang the memorable theme songs of the Square Enix and Disney collaborative game series “Kingdom Hearts.”
    • The Japan Times described Utada as the “most influential artist of the decade” in 2009.

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