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Is this causing a fuss over there?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TndQBmttOoQ

 

Tokyo (CNN) -- Outrage is growing in Japan after lawmakers hurled sexist comments at an assemblywoman giving a speech this week about the need for more services for women.

 

Male colleagues heckled Your Party member Ayaka Shiomura on Wednesday during a Tokyo assembly meeting. They interrupted her with comments urging her to get married and questioning whether she could bear children.

 

Shiomura had taken the stage to urge the Tokyo Metropolitan government to increase efforts to support women. Citing recent regulations that require mothers to fold up their strollers when boarding a train, she outlined struggles Japanese women face when dealing with pregnancy and raising a child due to lack of public support.

 

She also addressed the issue of infertility.

 

However, she was interrupted by a male member of the ruling LDP who shouted, "You should get married!"

 

Shiomura smiled weakly and continued amid male laughter.

 

Can 'womenomics' save Japan?

 

A second outburst, "Can't you even bear a child?" followed as tears welled up in her eyes and her voice began to break.

 

When she sat down after her speech, she was seen drying her eyes with a handkerchief. Later, she posted on Facebook that the outbursts were like "a punch in the gut" and called on the hecklers to come forward.

 

Backlash ensued, with television pundits debating the incident and women lawmakers demanding the names of those responsible be released.

 

Sexism in common in the nation's workplace, and there have been concerns that Japan's fertility rate will continue to drop as more women choose careers instead of marriage and children.

 

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has attempted to fill a gender gap in the workplace through "Womenomics," but men still hold the majority of positions of authority and command greater salaries.

 

Men in Japan earn 30% more than their female counterparts, according to statistics cited by Abe during an editorial last year announcing the launch of "Womenomics."

 

Statistics from the National Personnel Authority show just 3% of women are managers in Japan's central government, a number the Prime Minister has said is too low.

 

The goal is to increase that number to 30% by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Abe has said.

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You can't call yourself a man if you think treating women like this is ok. How can you look at your mother, wife or daughter again after making such ridiculous statements.

 

More seriously though, of course Womenomics is part of Abenomics. Surprised you didn't know that pies.

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You can't call yourself a man if you think treating women like this is ok. How can you look at your mother, wife or daughter again after making such ridiculous statements.

 

More seriously though, of course Womenomics is part of Abenomics. Surprised you didn't know that pies.

 

Of course, I know all about this, Black Mountain.

But generally it's not clear.

 

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"What they said was probably true......! " That was from my wife....NOT ME! :lol:

 

 

 

Personally I think she handled it well UNTIL she started to cry. Although a well placed FU would have been nice. Hate to say it but tears only further fuel the misogynist's fire.

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I thought that was like a bikini-clad model. Though I may be wrong. Topless?

 

She doesn't look like she would be somehow, seems more classy than that from what I have seen.

 

I just hate the thinking this bloke and his bretheren has though. It's infuriating.

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Wiki says yes

 

http://ja.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E5%A1%A9%E6%9D%91%E6%96%87%E5%A4%8F

 

塩村 文夏(しおむら あやか、1978年7月6日 - )は日本のエッセイスト、放送作家、元グラビアアイドル、東京都議会議員である。オフィス・トゥー・ワン所属。

 

『恋のから騒ぎ』に出演。「美人すぎる自動車ライター」、「美人すぎる放送作家」などとして雑誌に紹介された。

 

We need evidence.

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