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Japan to submit LGBTQ bill in time for G-7 after long delay

Ruling coalition approves modified version but swift passage uncertain

Activists call for LGBTQ rights and marriage equality in a march in Tokyo. Japan seeks to pass a bill designed to prevent discrimination against sexual minorities.    © Reuters

TOKYO -- Japan's ruling coalition on Tuesday approved a bill designed to promote understanding for LGBTQ people, seeking to submit it to parliament ahead of this week's Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima. 

The bill comes two years after opposition within the ruling Liberal Democratic Party scuttled an earlier version. International pressure has grown in the meantime but swift passage still remains uncertain.

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