In India, our politicians leave no opportunity to criticise the opposition. Nowadays for election campaigns, they are also calling each other demons. For example, on one of the posters, BJP showed Priyanka Gandhi as Mahishasura. Well, this just doesn’t happen in India. Even in Japan, politicians from different parties wait to criticise the members of the opposition party. According to a report in The Guardian, recently, Deputy PM of Japan, Taro Aso faced a backlash from the opposition thanks to his comments on blaming women for fall in population.
Japanese media has quoted Aso saying, “There are lots of weird people who say the elderly are at fault, but that’s incorrect. Rather, those who aren’t giving birth to children are the problem. The ageing population, combined with the diminishing number of children, is the grave issue in the mid and long term.” Of course, his quote didn’t go down well with many including the MPs of the opposition party who felt that Aso was insensitive towards the couples who want to have children but are unable to conceive.
Like most of the politicians, Aso too stated that media had taken his quotes out of context and he just wanted to highlight the risk that Japan’s economic health poses due to declining birth rate. “I’d like to withdraw my comments and will be careful with my words in the days ahead,” he added.
As we always say, the game of politics is quite interesting, be it in India or in Japan.