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Translation - English Anger is growing over jeering, possibly construed as sexual harassment, toward an Assemblywoman advocating for the expansion of support for women at a meeting of the Tokyo Metropolitan Assembly on the 18th.
Assemblywoman Ayaka Shiomura, a member of Your Party, stood for oral questions and in addition to speaking on current regulations mandating the folding of strollers when boarding trains, detailed the many problems facing women who are either pregnant or raising children and lack government support, even touching upon the issue of the low birth rate.
However, Ms. Shiomura's questions were interrupted by the jeer, "You better hurry up and get married!" from an Assemblyman of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. Ms. Shiomura continued her questioning, smiling meekly, amidst laughter of Assemblymen.
After the second jeer, "can you even have kids?", tears came to Ms. Shiomura's eyes and her voice began to crack. Ms. Shiomura, finishing her questions and taking her seat, wiped away tears with a handkerchief.
Thereafter, Ms. Shiomura took to Twitter calling for the jeering Assemblyman to identify himself. Additionally, the issue is creating ripples as the media reports on it widely and Assemblywomen call for the release of the name of the jeering Assemblyman.
Gender gaps in the workplace are typical in Japan.
The birthrate has also regrettably decreased as more women choose to work rather than pursue marriage and raising children.
Prime Minister Abe is promoting "Womenomics" seeking to reverse workplace gender discrimination but the majority of management positions are still filled by men and men's salaries surpass those of women.
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