Japan’s Prime Minister has fired an aide who made controversial comments about LGBTQI people and warned against permitting same-sex marriage.
Japanese PM fires aide over LGBTQI couple comments
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida has fired an aide who said he wouldn’t want to live next to lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender couples and warned that people would flee Japan if same-sex marriage was permitted.
In remarks reported by local media, Masayoshi Arai, an economy and trade official who joined Kishida’s staff as a secretary in October, added he did not even want to look at same-sex couples.
“His comments are outrageous and completely incompatible with the administration’s policies,” Kishida said in remarks aired by public broadcaster NHK on Saturday.
Speaking to reporters later in the day, the Japanese leader said he had dismissed Arai, who had earlier apologised for “misleading” comments made on Friday.