12 May '18, 9am

Aso(麻生)さん、もう辞めてください。これ以上日本に恥をかかせないでください。 Aso apologises for sex harassment remark THE STRAITS TIMES https://t.co/6khlaZLVNu

Japan's gaffe-prone Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso apologised yesterday for saying that "sexual harassment is not a crime", in a remark that has been slammed by fellow Cabinet minister Seiko Noda as callous and insensitive. "There is no criminal charge for sexual harassment," Mr Aso, who is also Finance Minister, said last week. "It's not the same as murder or sexual assault." But in his apology, he gave the caveat that his comments should be seen in the context that Japan's Penal Code has no laws which cover "sexual harassment" as an offence. "It was careless, and I've been told it makes light of sexual harassment. I'll be more careful in future," he told Parliament yesterday, adding that he would watch his mouth in case the public think he is trivialising the matter. Mr Aso's remarks last week sparked small-scale protests in cities from Sapporo to Kyoto, and came at a ti...

Full article: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/aso-apologise...

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