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LDP lawmaker's spectacularly offensive remarks further embarrass Japan

LGBTQ controversy reminds us why ruling party is failing

| Japan
Though Taro Aso, seen here Jan. 18, did not make the recent offensive remark, Japan's deputy prime minister and finance minister can be blamed as much as anyone for the country's baby drought.   © Reuters

William Pesek is an award-winning Tokyo-based journalist and author of "Japanization: What the World Can Learn from Japan's Lost Decades."

Backbench lawmaker Kazuo Yana is now famous for all the wrong reasons: blaming Japan's demographic time bomb on the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, or LGBTQ, community's failure to breed.

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