Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

Dec 8, 2014

Gaffe-prone Aso takes aim at young people without kids

After telling Japan’s growing ranks of elderly they should “hurry up and die,” Finance Minister Taro Aso has turned his well-oiled gaffe gun on “people who don’t give birth.” The former prime minister said pensioners are not to blame for the spiraling social welfare ...

Sep 18, 2014

Biden says 'Shylocks' was poor choice of words

Vice President Joe Biden said Wednesday he used a poor choice of words when he referred to unscrupulous moneylenders as “Shylocks,” and a prominent group that fights anti-Semitism called it a teachable moment about the harmful effects of stereotypes. Biden had been speaking to ...

Jul 18, 2014

Aichi politician reprimanded for 'punctured condoms' population proposal

A member of the Shinshiro Municipal Assembly in Aichi Prefecture proposed distributing “punctured condoms” to married residents to bolster the city’s dwindling population, the legislature’s secretariat said Friday. Independent Assemblyman Tomonaga Osada was verbally reprimanded Wednesday for the controversial proposal last month and told ...

Jul 2, 2014

Alps executive says sorry for revisionist gaffe at Chinese factory

Around 1,000 Chinese workers went on strike after their Japanese boss denied Tokyo had invaded China and said its 1930s actions were to “help” the country escape colonial rule, state-run media reported Wednesday. The walkout took place Tuesday, the same day Japan loosened the ...

Nov 5, 2013

'Fukushima' slur gets yellow card?

A German stadium announcer has apologized for describing a wonder goal scored by a Japanese player in a German soccer match Sunday as “a bit like Fukushima,” saying it was a “stupid” comment, according to the Die Welt newspaper. The announcer made the comment ...

Sep 21, 2013

'Shut up!' U.N. rights envoy quits over tirade in Geneva

Japan’s human rights envoy stepped down Friday after facing criticism for screaming at a U.N. panel meeting to “shut up!” in Geneva in May, the Foreign Ministry said. Hideaki Ueda, 68, yelled at participants in the May 22 session of the Committee against Torture, ...

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Aug 27, 2013

Nazi quip won't mar Olympics bid, Aso figures

Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso said Tuesday that his recent remark suggesting Japan follow the example of the Nazis in Germany in revising its pacifist Constitution would not affect Tokyo’s bid to host the 2020 Olympics. “I’ve already retracted the comment and I think ...