Earlier this week Human Rights Watch issued a plea that the governor of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, retract dangerous homophobic statements he emitted on two separate occasions in December 2010.
From a press release:
Ishihara made his first comments on December 3, discussing a revision to the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths that was aimed at regulating the manga and anime industries, which went on to pass on December 15.
“[The bill] is not just about the kids,” he said. “We have got homosexuals casually appearing even on television. Japan has become far too untamed.” Mainichi Shimbun, a major national daily, carried the governor's statement, including in its online edition.
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