Japanese magazine to close after Abe ally's 'homophobic' article

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Controversy began in July with article in which MP Mio Sugita described LGBT people as ‘unproductive’

A prominent magazine in Japan is to close after an outcry over an allegedly homophobic article written by a rightwing MP from the ruling Liberal Democratic party.

The Shincho 45 said it would halt publication amid the continuing controversy over the views expressed by Mio Sugita. In the article the MP described LGBT people as “unproductive” and questioned the use of tax money to support them.

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