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Anti-LGBTQ remarks put Japan PM in hot seat ahead of G-7

Kishida calls for law to 'promote understanding' amid domestic and foreign criticism

Japan is the only country in the G-7 that does not recognize same-sex marriage.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Anti-gay remarks by an aide to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida have brought global scrutiny to the country's lack of progress on LGBTQ issues at an awkward time.

Kishida apologized Monday for comments by executive secretary Masayoshi Arai, who has since been fired. The controversy comes as Tokyo prepares to host Group of Seven leaders in May.

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