Japan PM f***s aide over anti-LGBTQ comments

By , K24 Digital
On Sun, 5 Feb, 2023 13:04 | < 1 min read
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida fired an aide Saturday over offense remarks about gay and lesbian couples. PHOTO/Getty Images

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida fired one of his aides on Saturday for making anti-LGBTQ comments, calling the remarks "outrageous and completely incompatible with the administration's policies."

Masayoshi Arai, an economic official who joined Kishida’s administration last fall, said people would leave the country if same sex-marriage was allowed, adding that he wouldn’t want to live next to a gay or lesbian couple or even look at them, local news outlets reported.

He later apologized for what he said were "misleading" remarks.

The firing comes as Japan prepares to welcome the U.S. and other allies for the Group of 7 meeting in May.

Another one of Kishida’s aides resigned late last year after making anti-LGBTQ remarks.

Kishida’s approval ratings are also underwater after a series of resignations as national support for same-sex marriage is growing, opinion polls have shown.

Last November, a Tokyo court upheld a ban on same-sex marriage but also said having no legal protection for gay or lesbian couples violated human rights.

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