Japan’s 83-year-old former Prime Minister Taro Aso sparks sexism storm by claiming female Foreign Minister is ‘not that good looking’ and getting her surname wrong TWICE in bizarre speech

Japan’s 83-year-old former Prime Minister Taro Aso sparks sexism storm by claiming female Foreign Minister is ‘not that good looking’ and getting her surname wrong TWICE in bizarre speech

  • Taro Aso, 83, made the remarks about Japan’s International Minister, Yoko Kamikawa
  • He additionally referred to her as obasan- a derogatory time period for middle-aged girls 
  • Mr Aso has made controversial remarks previously together with praising Hitler 

A former Prime Minister of Japan has sparked a sexism storm by claiming the feminine International Minister is ‘not that good wanting.’ 

Taro Aso, 83, made the sexist remarks about Japan’s International Minister, Yoko Kamikawa, throughout a current speech. He additionally received her surname unsuitable twice and referred to her because the nation’s first feminine international minister, when Ms Kamikawa is actually the third. 

Mr Aso, who was Prime Minister of Japan between September 2008 and September 2009, additionally referred to the 70-year-old Ms Kamikawa as obasan. A derogatory time period for middle-aged girls. 

The 83-year-old former Prime Minister is a strong determine inside Japan’s Liberal Democratic Social gathering (LDP), which has dominated Japan virtually constantly since its formation in 1955, and is at the moment the Vice President of the LDP. 

Opposition politicians have been essential of Mr Aso’s remark. Akira Koike, secretary normal of the Japanese Communist get together, mentioned the feedback had been objectionable, even by Mr Aso’s low requirements. 

Taro Aso, 83, is a strong determine inside Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Social gathering (LDP). Mr Aso is understood for making insulting, sweeping remarks about teams of individuals. Up to now he was insulted individuals with dementia and girls who select to not have youngsters

Japan's Foreign Minister Yoko Kamikawa,70. Mr Aso also got Ms Kamikawa surname wrong twice and wrongly referred to her as the first female Foreign Minister when she is the third

Japan’s International Minister Yoko Kamikawa,70. Mr Aso additionally received Ms Kamikawa surname unsuitable twice and wrongly referred to her as the primary feminine International Minister when she is the third

Taro Aso when he was Prime Minister of Japan shaking hands with the former Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in 2009. Mr Aso led his party to its worst electoral defeat in history in 2009

Taro Aso when he was Prime Minister of Japan shaking arms with the previous Prime Minister of Italy Silvio Berlusconi in 2009. Mr Aso led his get together to its worst electoral defeat in historical past in 2009 

This isn’t the primary time Mr Aso has been on the centre of a sexism row. In Might 2018, when he was finance minister he was criticised for saying: ‘There is no such thing as a such factor as sexual harassment.’ This adopted accusations {that a} senior authorities official had sexually harassed a feminine reporter. 

Ms Kamikawa was appointed Minister for International Affairs in September 2023. The Guardian reviews, in response to Mr Aso’s feedback, she mentioned: ‘I am conscious that there are a lot of completely different opinions, and I admire any and all suggestions.’

Rating a hundred and sixtieth out of 190 nations, Japan is amongst worst nations on this planet for feminine political illustration. In line with the Inter-Parliamentary Union, simply 10 per cent of MPs are girls.  

This isn’t the primary time Ms Kamikawa has confronted sexist remarks. When she was appointed International Minister alongside different feminine colleagues Japan’s present Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida is reported to have mentioned he hoped they’d ‘reveal the sensitivity and empathy which might be distinctive to girls.’ 

Mr Aso is a rumoured billionaire and recognized for his style sense and for making insulting, sweeping remarks about teams of individuals. Up to now he was insulted individuals with dementia and girls who select to not have youngsters. 

In 2017, he was extensively criticised for claiming Hitler ‘had the best motives.’ Throughout the Second World Warfare Mr Aso’s household coaling mining enterprise used Allied prisoners of warfare as slave labourers. 

Mr Aso  entered politics within the Nineteen Seventies and has held an abundance of ministerial roles together with stints as Minister of International Affairs and Minister of Funds. In 2009, as Prime Minister he led the ruling LDP to its worst electoral defeat in historical past.   

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