Last Updated on April 24, 2020
A Japanese mayor has come under fire from the international media for suggesting that men should go grocery shopping instead of women during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Osaka mayor Ichiro Matsui made the comments during a press conference on Thursday, implying that women are indecisive and take too long to decide what products to buy.
Osaka is the third-largest city in Japan, behind Tokyo and Yokohoma.
Women take a longer time grocery shopping because they browse through different products and weigh out which option is best,” Matsui told reporters at a coronavirus press conference in Osaka on Thursday.“Men quickly grab what they’re told to buy so they won’t linger at the supermarket — that avoids close contact with others,” added Matsui.
Matsui came under heavy criticism from internet feminists for his comments.
In March, Japanese Vice Prime Minister Taro Aso criticized the World Health Organization for its handling of the coronavirus, suggesting that it should rename itself the “Chinese Health Organization”:
“Although the details are murky, the WHO’s previous Director General was a Chinese national, and at he time, there were complaints all around,” Taro Aso said.
“And now, at least, the petition has gathered three hundred thousand signatures, or rather, five hundred thousand signatures.”
“People think the World Health Organization should change its name. It shouldn’t be called the WHO, it should be renamed the Chinese Health Organization (CHO). This appeal is truly resonating with the people,” the vice PM said.
“Early on, if the WHO had not insisted to the world that China had no pneumonia epidemic, then everybody would have taken precautions. The WHO, which is a global organization, does not even include Taiwan, and then precisely because Taiwan is not a member of the WHO, it becomes a world leader in fighting the epidemic,” Taro Aso continued.“After that statement is made, the CCP jumps out to correct it, it says Taiwan is a region, not a country.”
The full video can be seen below:
The WHO has come under intense criticism for essentially acting as the medical propaganda wing of the CCP.