| 18 June 2024, Tuesday |

Japan PM Kishida fires aide over same-sex couple outburst

On Saturday, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida sacked an adviser for saying he wouldn’t want to live next to gay, homosexual, bisexual, or transgender couples and for stating that if same-sex marriage was legalized, foreigners would leave Japan.

Masayoshi Arai, a secretary who joined Kishida’s administration in October as an economy and trade official, said in comments that he did not even want to consider same-sex relationships.

“His comments are outrageous and completely incompatible with the administration’s policies,” Kishida said in remarks aired by public broadcaster NHK.

Speaking to reporters later in the day, the Japanese leader said he had dismissed Arai, who had earlier apologized for “misleading” comments made on Friday.

Arai’s comments had come after Kishida had said in parliament that same-sex marriage needed careful consideration because of its potential impact on the family structure.

  • Reuters