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Sexist shouts interrupt Tokyo lawmaker in mothering debate

Published on Jun 19, 2014 4:59 PM
 
Young mothers push their baby strollers under fully bloomed cherry blossom trees along a riverside promenade in Tokyo on April 4, 2014. Sexist jeers from governing party members on Thursday, June 19, 2014, repeatedly interrupted a Tokyo assemblywoman during a debate about how to support child-rearing women in a country facing a population crisis. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Sexist jeers from governing party members on Thursday repeatedly interrupted a Tokyo assemblywoman during a debate about how to support child-rearing women in a country facing a population crisis.

Ms Ayaka Shiomura, 35, was questioning senior figures in the city administration on plans to help current and future mothers when abuse erupted from seats occupied by members of the Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Shouts of "Why don't you get married?" and "Are you not able to have a baby?" could be heard as she spoke, said fellow assembly member Mr Shun Otokita, of Ms Shiomura's opposition Your Party.

Ms Shiomura continued her questioning, despite being reduced to tears, said Mr Otokita.

 
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