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For some, the struggle continues even after success

Liera Manuel Ivan is a transgender model in Japan.

TOKYO   Building a successful television career and cracking jokes with audiences; leading Japan's LGBT movement as one of the country's most influential activists -- these are the kinds of achievements that most people would chalk up as "success stories." But it's all too easy to forget that before the success -- and in many cases, even after -- came struggle.

     The Nikkei Asian Review talked with two LGBT individuals about both sides of their story, the bright as well as the dark.

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