TOKYO SOLON HIT FOR SAYING LGBT RIGHTS WOULD RUIN HIS AREA
A Tokyo ward assemblyman has come under fire after saying that his ward would "perish" if sexual minorities were protected by law during an assembly meeting in September, Mei Nammo wrote for Mainichi Shimbun.
Masateru Shiraishi, 78, the Adachi Ward Assembly's welfare committee chairman who belongs to the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), told the Sept. 25 assembly meeting, "If L (lesbian) and G (gay) spread to Adachi Ward completely, we will have no residents, because it means there will be no children." According to Shiraishi himself, his remark came during a general question-answer session of the meeting on the topic of how to teach children at school about child birth and child rearing.
Shiraishi told the Mainichi Shimbun "If LGBT people get focused on in an excessive manner, children will lose their sense of child birth and upbringing in the future. Schools must teach the importance of normal marriage and having and raising children."
Yuichi Kamiya, secretary-general of the Japan Alliance for LGBT Legislation, a group based in the capital's Bunkyo Ward working toward a legal ban on discrimination against sexual minorities, said "Anti-discrimination laws for LGBT people have been enacted in European Union (EU) member countries, but this has not lowered their birth rates. The LGBT population does not increase or decrease because of education." Kamiya demanded that Shiraishi correct his comment, stating that he is wrong in his understanding and that it is problematic for someone in public service to have such views.