Arab Times

‘Single women a state burden’:



A Japanese lawmaker has come under fire after saying women should have several children or risk becoming a burden on the state.

Kanji Kato, a 72-year-old MP in Prime Minister Shizo Abe’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), said newlyweds should raise at least three children.

The minister in charge of women’s empowermen­t on Saturday lashed out at his remarks.

“It was a terrible gaffe,” Seiko Noda, who is also internal affairs minister and a senior member of the LDP, said in a speech, according to local media.

Giving birth was different to making products, she said, adding: “The number of children won’t increase by just making such remarks.” (AFP)

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