Japanese Magazine Suspends Publication amid LGBT Controversy

Society Culture

Tokyo, Sept. 25 (Jiji Press)--Shinchosha Publishing Co. said Tuesday that it will suspend the publication of a monthly magazine at the center of a controversy over articles related to lesbian, gay, bisexuals and transgender, or LGBT, people.

The magazine, Shincho 45, has come under fire over an article in its August edition contributed by House of Representatives lawmaker Mio Sugita of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, in which she argued that LGBT couples are unproductive as they do not have children.

Fueling the controversy, the magazine ran a feature in defense of Sugita in its latest October issue.

Following the escalation of public criticism, the Japanese publisher released a statement by its president, Takanobu Sato, last week admitting that the feature story in the October edition included expressions with aberrant prejudice and a lack of understanding in some parts.

On Tuesday, the company issued a separate statement to officially apologize for the situation, while citing a plunge in the sales of the magazine in the last few years as the cause of poor editorial checks.

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