Yoichi Masuzoe is the frontrunner in the upcoming election for governor of Tokyo. He’s a former political scientist who gained fame through TV talk shows before joining the political scene in 2001.
However, comments he made about women during an interview for a men’s magazine in 1989 recently resurfaced, causing a bit of an uproar.
Masuzoe told the magazine that he believed women were unfit to be in top political positions because their menstrual cycle makes them irrational.
“Women are not normal when they are having a period… You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country [during their period] such as whether or not to go to war.”
Last week, after the interview re-emerged, a Facebook group called “The association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzoe,” quickly gained momentum, reaching 3,000 members within a week.
On wednesday, a website was launched by other women also trying to prevent Masuzoe’s election. It’s averaged 75,000 hits per day and collected over 2,800 signatures on a petition to prevent his election.
Read the full story from The Japan Times here.