ADDED ON: 09/26/2018

Homophobic Article Gets Japanese Magazine Suspended Indefinitely

09/26/2018 | Gay Star News

A homophobic article — and several follow-up articles — has led to the indefinite suspension of a Japanese magazine. Shinchosha Publishing Co. announced Tuesday night (25 September) that it is essentially folding one of its magazines, Shincho 45. Its October issue will be its last. Founded in 1985, its problem stems from an article published in their August issue by Mio Sugita. Sugita is a junior lawmaker in the ruling political party, the Liberal Democratic Party. Shinchosha Publishing President Takanobu Sato said Sugita’s article had ‘outrageous prejudice’ and a ‘lack of understanding’ towards LGBTI people. Sugita’s article described LGBTI people as ‘unproductive’ when it comes to childbirth. Due to this reason, she argued taxpayer money shouldn’t support same-sex couples. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe spoke out about Sugita, saying she needs to be ‘more mindful of her words’. He also said the article hurt because he is childless. Regardless, he did not call for her to step down.

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