Of all of the candidates for Japan’s most sexist remark of the 12 months, there gave the impression to be just one attainable winner – Yoshiro Mori, the previous head of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic organising committee, who was pressured to resign final month after complaining that girls “talked an excessive amount of” throughout conferences.
However even Mori was unable to compete with Mio Sugita, a conservative politician with a historical past of insulting girls and members of the LGBT neighborhood.
Sugita, an MP representing the ruling Liberal Democratic occasion (LDP), was named the winner this week after a web-based vote organised by Noaseps (No to all sexist public speeches), a gaggle comprising lecturers and campaigners that highlights gender discrimination in Japan.
Sugita emerged as a contender in September final 12 months when she advised fellow LDP lawmakers at a non-public assembly that “girls can lie as a lot as they like” about sexual violence.
The group mentioned Sugita’s remarks had obtained 1,995 votes amongst 6,031 solid by members of the general public over a weeklong interval from late February, with every voter capable of choose as much as two from amongst eight feedback remodeled the earlier 12 months.
It mentioned Sugita’s comment had been “misogynistic because it questions girls after they come ahead with sexual violence claims as in the event that they have been false stories from the very starting, with out specifying justifiable grounds”.
Mori, a former prime minister, got here second with 1,216 votes, in accordance with Japanese media stories.
Third place went to Masateru Shiraishi, an meeting member in a Tokyo ward who complained that the world can be “worn out” by depopulation if the rights of sexual minorities have been protected by regulation.
Whereas Mori resigned after his feedback sparked uproar in Japan and abroad, Sugita – an ally of the previous prime minister, Shinzo Abe – has survived requires her to resign.
She completed second within the 2019 vote – after saying that members of the LGBT neighborhood have been “unproductive” as a result of they can not have kids.
Sugita wrote in a magazine article that same-sex couples “don’t produce kids. In different phrases, they lack productiveness and, due to this fact, don’t contribute to the prosperity of the nation”, she mentioned, whereas questioning using taxpayers’ cash to assist homosexual marriages.
Dozens of native governments in Japan have recognised same-sex partnerships lately, however same-sex marriages have but to realize authorized recognition.
Sugita was overwhelmed within the 2019 vote by Taro Aso, Japan’s finance minister, who had tried guilty the sufferer after Junichi Fukuda, the finance ministry’s most senior bureaucrat, was accused of sexually harassing a feminine reporter.
Aso mentioned the sufferer “may have left the scene” if she had objected to Fukuda’s behaviour, including that the media may stop a recurrence by assigning solely male reporters to cowl the ministry.