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Tuesday, July 8, 2003
The last word
By BARRY BROPHY
It is truly strange to say we have to use tax money to take care of women who don't even give birth once, who grow old living their lives selfishly and singing the praises of freedom.
Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori thinks aloud during a panel discussion on how to address Japan's falling birth rate.
Maybe Mr. Ota doesn't know that gang rape is a crime. . . . But some women really dress as if to say 'Please do it,' don't they?
Timely remarks attributed to Chief Cabinet Secretary Yasuo Fukuda, also Japan's gender equality minister, during an off-the-record talk with reporters on June 27, when he commented on LDP lawmaker Seiichi Ota's apparent defense of the actions of a group of young Tokyo gang-rapists. Fukuda has denied making the off-the-record remarks.
This is reckless.
Katsuya Okada, a senior lawmaker in the opposition Democratic Party, argues that Japanese troops dispatched to Iraq may well be drawn in to comabt in violation of the constitution.
It may not be a good idea to step on the gas pedal and the brake pedal at the same time.
A foreign minister official questions the wisdom of applying pressure consistently on Iran.
I feel sad I didn't break the record. I came here to set the record.
Sixty-five-kg Takeru "Tsunami" Kobayashi is distraught after failing to beat his own record of eating 50 1/2 hot dogs in 12 minutes as he gorged his way to victory at the Nathan's hot dog eating contest in Coney Island.