A transsexual presented candidacy documents Tuesday to an election administration committee for a preliminary check, a major hurdle in her bid to run for the assembly in Setagaya Ward, Tokyo.

Aya Kamikawa, 35, who has gender identity disorder and now considers herself a woman, left blank the application entry for gender, although she is registered as male in her official family registry. She is on a hospital waiting list to undergo a sex-change operation this year.

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