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Japan ruling party abandons LGBT bill as consensus elusive

LDP official says passage 'impossible' without unanimous support

Marchers hold up a rainbow flag at a pride parade in Tokyo.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party on Friday gave up on legislation to promote public awareness of sexual minorities, proving unable to overcome opposition within its own ranks.

Tsutomu Sato, who chairs the LDP's General Council, told a news conference that passage in the current session would be "impossible." The bill, supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, will not be submitted before the session ends on June 16.

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