What century is this guy living in?

Good morning everyone,

It's going to rain off and on today and the rain will continue through tomorrow and Saturday. Sunday and Monday aren't looking too bad...after that...well, who knows? It's too far away to guess what the weather will be like on Tuesday.

A leading Liberal Democratic Party official on Tuesday criticized people opting not to have children as being "selfish," in the latest remark from a politician of the ruling party urging people to have babies.

"During and after the war when (Japanese people) were living on the edge of starvation, nobody said it's better not to have children because it would be too much trouble," LDP Secretary-General Toshihiro Nikai said, adding, "These days, some people have a selfish idea that it is better not to give birth to children." "In order for everyone (in Japan) to be happy, we should have many children and develop our country," the 79-year-old House of Representatives member also said in a speech in Tokyo.

The comments, following controversial remarks regarding childbearing by fellow party members, are likely to draw criticism that politicians are out of sync with realities in Japan, where working parents struggle to place their children in daycare.

In May, Kanji Kato, a third-term LDP lower house member, stirred controversy by revealing he tells newlywed couples when he attends wedding receptions that they "must raise at least three children." Later in the month, Koichi Hagiuda, executive acting secretary-general of the LDP, who is known as a close aide to Abe, said raising infants and toddlers is a job for mothers and that fathers taking the primary role is an "unwelcome idea."

The LDP members have been criticized as lacking in understanding of the difficulties faced by families with small children in Japan, including finding childcare facilities. A recent survey conducted by a major Japanese think tank showed around 348,000 children nationwide were estimated to have failed to be enrolled in such facilities despite their parents' wishes.

The Nomura Research Institute pointed out that an additional 599,000 children must be accepted at daycare facilities -- nearly double the capacity for 320,000 the government plans to achieve by the end of fiscal 2020 -- if the government hopes to reach its goal of raising the employment rate of women aged between 25 and 44 to 80 percent by the end of fiscal 2022 from 66 percent in 2009.

Here is my version of what he also wanted to say, but didn't:

"Ignore that we politicians have failed to address the work-life balance or stagnating wages. Or that other than pretty speeches by our leader, gender-equality seems like a distant fantasy. Or that we can't even build enough childcare facilities for the present population or adequately address the 13.7% of kids who live in poverty.

Our own failings have nothing to do with it--it's all about your selfishness. Have more kids, don't worry about whether you can feed or house or educate them properly. Just have babies.

Actually, it'd just be easier If women simply knew their place and gave up their fancy dreams of equality or a career or respect from chauvinists like us, if they just stayed barefoot and pregnant, we wouldn't have all these problems. Plus we'd have greater tax revenue to repay our cronies with and hit high-end キャバレー until all hours of the night."

What do you think? Isn't my version closer to what he really means? Ha ha!

Have a great day!


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