Just a little over a month after resigning as the Olympics minister over a gaffe, Liberal Democratic Party lawmaker Yoshitaka Sakurada has again found himself in hot water, this time by urging women to have at least three children.

While attending a gathering hosted by another LDP lawmaker in Chiba Prefecture on Wednesday, Sakurada addressed the problem of the nation's shrinking population in a speech where he reportedly urged the audience there to tell their children and grandchildren to "give birth to at least three kids," according to domestic media.

He was also quoted as saying "unfortunately, there has been an increasing number of women who are content to remain single."