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Diet member Kato apologizes for quip

Jiji Press

LDP member Kanji Kato speaks the media prior to a plenary session of the House of Representatives on Friday.

Jiji Press TOKYO (Jiji Press) — Kanji Kato, a lawmaker in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, on Thursday withdrew and apologized for a possible sexually harassing remark.

At a meeting on the day of the LDP faction led by veteran lawmaker Hiroyuki Hosoda, Kato said he calls on couples at their wedding receptions “to produce and raise at least three children without fail.”

A participant at the meeting criticized Kato, saying that the remark “could be taken as being sexually harassing.”

Kato initially told reporters he would not withdraw the remark, but later issued a statement saying: “I apologize for causing misunderstanding. While I do not discriminate against women, I withdraw the remark because it could be taken to suggest that I look down on women.”

During the LDP faction meeting, Kato also said that he tells young women at wedding receptions that they would end up living in elderly nursing homes run by tax money paid by children of other people if they do not get married and have no children of their own.

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