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8 Dec 2015

Japanese politician urged to resign after calling gay people 'abnormal animals

After assemblyman Masumi Tsurusashi's homophobic comments on social media, Ebina Municipal Assembly passed resolution encouraging him to resign

A local assembly in Kanazawa Prefecture has passed a resolution Thursday urging a 71-year-old assemblyman to resign.

The assembly condemned Tsurusashi's comments as  a grave infringement of human rights and greatly hurt the trust in and dignity of the assembly.

Last week, Tsurusashi posted on twitter that mass media were irresponsible for commending gay people. In one tweet he called gay people "abnormal animals."

After a flood of criticism this week the remarks were taken down. Tsurusashi told reporters that he was drunk at the time and meant the comments playfully.

He also submitted an apology letter to the assembly chairman in which he said he would "atone by vigorously pushing forward activities as an assembly member, deepening understanding of LGBT issues and rendering a service for citizens through political activities."

Tsurusashi also offered to forgo his pay for December but effectively refused to resign.

Reader's Comments

1. 2015-12-08 02:23  
These people should drag themselves out of the 14th Century and come into the 21st!
2. 2015-12-08 04:05  
asshole. go to hell
3. 2015-12-08 06:59  
Just hold him to his word to push forward lgbt issues. Why call him names? Comments 1&2 should be ashamed.

We've all got drunk and said things we later regret.

And why is his age an issue?

Double standards
4. 2015-12-11 09:11  
hmmmm.....why his teeth are so yellow.....disgusting person
5. 2015-12-13 00:28  
lets give him the benefit of the doubt for now.
otherwise he should be banned from entering Canada with his anti-gay stance.

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