Tokyo Women Vow Sex Strike Over Candidate

Gubernatorial hopeful once said women weren't fit to hold office
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 7, 2014 2:05 PM CST

(Newser) – Tokyo elects a new governor this weekend, and one of the frontrunners is Yoichi Masuzoe, a former health minister backed by the establishment. The 65-year-old has 15 challengers to fend off and now a new group that calls itself "the association of women who will not have sex with men who vote for Masuzoe," reports AFP. The Twitter group has nearly 3,000 followers since it formed last week, following the publication of old comments Masuzoe made about women being unfit to hold political office. "Women are not normal when they are having a period," he told a men's magazine in 1989. "You can't possibly let them make critical decisions about the country [during their period] such as whether or not to go to war."

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A separate website has launched an online petition against Masuzoe. A campaign killer? Not quite. AFP notes that all of the candidates are men, and most are in their 60s or older. Besides, the Japan Daily Press says the real issue in the election is shaping up to be nuclear power. Masuzoe is a staunch advocate, but he's facing a serious threat from retired Prime Minister Morihiro Hosokawa, a late entrant to the race who wants the nation to move away from nuclear energy in the wake of Fukushima, reports AP. (Read more Yoichi Masuzoe stories.)

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