Sexist shouts interrupt Tokyo lawmaker in mothering debate
Published on Jun 19, 2014 4:59 PM
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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