LDP Warns Party Lawmaker over LGBT Gaffe


Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party has told a party lawmaker to watch her words after she came under fire for calling lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples "unproductive."

In an official party view posted on its website, the LDP said remarks by the lawmaker, Mio Sugita, included an expression that lacked an understanding of the issue and due consideration to people concerned.

In a recent article she contributed to a monthly magazine, Sugita discussed LGBT couples and said: "They do not have children. In other words, they are unproductive."

Sugita, a lawmaker of the House of Representatives, the lower chamber of parliament, said through her office that she takes the party's warning seriously and will devote herself to training and education.

Speaking to reporters in Higashimatsushima, Miyagi Prefecture, northeastern Japan, on Thursday, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe suggested that Sugita's remarks were inappropriate.

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