“The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed,” Japan’s Health Minister, Hakuo Yanagisawa (71) said in a speech to LDP party members earlier this week. “Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can do is ask them to do their best per head … although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines.”
Did Yanagisawa think he was being clever? Did he believe that calling women birth-giving machines was going to encourage them to reproduce? His government profile says he is married, but mentions no children. He ought have consulted with Mrs. Yanagisawa before giving that speech.
Prime Minister Abe chastised him and told him to “be more careful” in the future. I think someone with such a disregard for women really ought not be Minister of Health and Labor at all. Mr. Prime Minister, if you really want the birth rate to increase, chuck out Yanagisawa, and bring in someone who won’t offend the birth-giving machines.
Geesh.Posted by kuri at January 30, 2007 09:54 AM