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JAPAN - Apr 18, 2003

Aya Kamikawa, 35, will be the first transgender candidate to be officially accepted onto the ballot for Tokyo's municipal government elections. She will be listed as a female, even though she is legally considered to be a male by Japanese law.

Local government officials ruled that she be allowed to run for office as a woman after receiving her candidacy petition in which Kamikawa had left blank a question regarding her gender.

Kamikawa is planning gender reassignment surgery, but even afterwards she will continue to be listed as a male on official identity documents.


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