Japan LGBT candidate hopes to raise awareness in election campaign

December 12, 2014 7:34 AM

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TOKYO (Reuters) - Taiga Ishikawa has an uphill battle in his bid to become Japan's only openly gay member of parliament, but hopes his campaign for Sunday's general election will raise awareness in a nation where gay rights hardly get a nod in the mainstream political agenda.

Ishikawa is keen for his candidacy, which has attracted considerable attention on the Internet, to help others in Japan's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community come out of the closet.

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