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Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007

VIEWS FROM THE STREET

What's your opinion on the comment made by the health minister?


Hiroyuki Ito

Hiroyuki Ito
Co-ordinator, 27
There's nothing wrong with the comment. It's been taken out of context. In Japanese, "kikai" means machine or opportunity. Women are our only opportunity for society to grow.

Rob Salter

Rob Salter
Instructor, 37
It is ridiculous that he hasn't been fired. Surprisingly, an NHK poll showed that most people didn't feel he should resign. I think perhaps some older men in Japan share Yanagisawa's view.

Ashraf Hentat

Ashraf Hentat
Student, 30
Women are much more than baby-machines. Society starts from women. However, I don't think Yanagisawa should resign. He should apologize, and modify his view.

Mariko Tsuchida

Mariko Tsuchida
Researcher, 33
He has made a fool of women. To encourage families to have more children, maternity rights must be improved and the government needs to ensure companies follow the rules.

Mayumi Reynolds

Mayumi Reynolds
Designer, 39
The comment represents the older-male view that women should stay at home and look after the children. Someone in his position should take more care when choosing his words.

Micah Isaksen

Micah Isaksen
Teacher, 25
The comment was completely offensive. Yanagisawa should resign and take this antiquated view with him. They need to put someone forward-thinking in office.



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