• Kagoshima


Regarding the Aug. 25 article “Poor men too lowly to wed: Aso“: Prime Minister Taro Aso’s comments that people with little money would be better off not getting married and that it is difficult for him to understand how someone without pay can be seen as worthy of a partner’s respect are, to say the least, stunningly offensive and tactless.

When asked whether young people were marrying late due to money worries, all he had to do was answer the question with some sympathetic-sounding spin — for example, that he recognized people’s concerns and wanted to alleviate them through measures to create more jobs. But no, Aso somehow thought it more fitting to give us his opinion about how young people should be leading their lives.

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