Not only is mainstream media’s recent hype on Japan’s aging and declining birthrate issues blown out of proportion; the global focus upon its workplace gender inequality is also apparently skewed, quoted an anonymous source from certain sectors of the government earlier this week.
When asked to shed light on who was responsible for hurling sexist and degrading comments such as ‘Why don’t you get married?” ‘Are you not able to have a baby?’, across the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly floor at speaker Ayako Shimomura during the debate on child-reating policy last Wednesday morning, no one came forth.
The lewd comments allegedly came from the section in the Assembly chamber where members of the LDP occupy. Ayako Shimomura of Your Party submitted her request to Assembly President for identification of the perpetrators, but loss the bid.
Shimomura’s Twitter regarding the incident received an overwhelming support from the public and was retweeted by 28,480 people as of last Friday morning. There were 37000 signatures calling on LDP’s Tokyo chapter to identify and punish the responsible party.
Since the incident, Twitter posts sympathetic toward those under fire have also surfaced:
‘ I am tired of hearing women complain about gender inequality at the work place or elsewhere. Women like Ayaka Shimomura need to know that the work place is no place for weak vessels who cannot handle a little taunting. Were she one of us, she would have laughed with us! Because, I mean, it was funny (the comments), desho?’
‘Japan’s population is declining due to the fact that Japanese women are out there working! They need to stay home and take care of the household!’
‘Women in this country need to stay home, cook, have babies and bring their husbands ocha (tea) and slippers like their mothers and grandmothers have done for thousands of years in this country!’. It retweeted by @iloveoiocha:
‘ Gender equality? What’s that? Oh, no, my wife should never walk in front of me. Her rightful place is behind me or at home!’
@Assemblyman added the following tweet:
‘People don’t understand when we say, I mean, when they said, ‘Why don’t you get married?” ‘Are you not able to have a babys?” we, I mean they, are not heckling, they are truly concerned about her.’
Finally, @oyaji71 tweeted and retweeted the following:
‘ To Ayachan and all women I say this: there’s no place like home so go home and stay home! ‘