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15 January 2014

Ginza Rose (192?–) performer.

Ginza Rose (who took her name from the popular shopping area in Tokyo) worked as a show dancer for the US occupation forces in the 1950s.

She wished to marry her boy friend, and gender surgery was arranged in 1962 so that this could happen. 

However her husband was officially entered in the family register as her adopted younger brother.

This was prior to Carrousel Maki's first surgery, and the 1965 prosecution of a surgeon who had removed male sex organs. The trial led to a 1969 ruling that made transgender surgery illegal: a situation that would continue until 1998.

Ginza Rose's name in private life is not known, nor was she heard of again after her transition.
  • Mark McLelland. "Living more 'Like Oneself': Transgender Identities and Sexualities in Japan". In Jonathan Alexander & Karen Yescavage. Bisexuality and Transgenderism: InterSEXions of the Others. Binghamton, NY: Harrington Park Press, 2003: 213.
  • Mark McLelland. Queer Japan from the Pacific War to the Internet Age. Lanham Md & Oxford: Rowman & Littlefield 2005: 113.

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