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Japan PM 'sorry' over Tokyo lawmaker's sexist jeering

Published on Jun 24, 2014 1:13 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe broke a nearly week-long silence on Tuesday and apologised for sexist taunts shouted by a party member at a young Tokyo assemblywoman, reports said.

The apology, issued to the male head of the woman's opposition party, according to Jiji Press and the Asahi newspaper, came hours after he posted a blog on the importance of improving the low rate of female workplace participation in Japan.

In the post, Mr Abe called for women to "shine" but made no mention of the episode. Tokyo assemblyman Akihiro Suzuki, 51, on Monday admitted he had yelled "Why don't you get married?" at Ms Ayaka Shiomura, 35, last week when she was speaking in the chamber during a debate on motherhood.

After days of denials, Mr Suzuki said he was responsible and apologised to Ms Shiomura as he resigned from his membership of Mr Abe's ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP).

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