Memorable Masuzoe Quotes
Below are some of the statements by and about Tokyo gubernatorial
candidate Yoichi Masuzoe.
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“Women are not normal when they are on their period. They are abnormal.
You can’t possibly let them make critical decisions about the country [during their periods], such as
whether or not to go to war.” – Masuzoe in the October 1989 issue of the magazine BIGMAN
In 1989 during the so-called “Madonna Boom” when a number of women became elected officials,
Masuzoe stated, “This is an exceptional period in history, that’s why even women are able to come
out of the woodwork…but those who have been elected are all a bunch of old middle aged hags.”
Recollections of a Former Wife
“He suddenly screamed in outrage, ‘How dare you come home so late!’ He would throw whatever
was at hand at me. I once found the cover of the rice cooker broken. Another time, he laid out a
bunch of knives, including survival knives, in front of me. He liked to collect knives as a hobby.
Once he even pointed one of the knives at me. It was more than enough to be a threat.” — Interview
of Satsuki Katayama, an MP in the House of Councillors, in the May 6/13, 2010 issue of the weekly
“After three months of being married, I decided to consult a lawyer about getting a divorce. Then I
found out that he had a lover, and that she was pregnant with his child. But already I didn’t care at all.
I just wanted to get divorced as quickly as possible, I only thought about getting away from him.” —
Interview of Satsuki Katayama, an MP in the House of Councillors, in the May 6/13, 2010 issue of
the weekly Shukan Shincho
“The rate of consumption tax should be over 10%… Those guys have money… Half of Japan’s
savings is held by old men and women… If the rate of consumption tax is raised then we can extract
money from old people.” — TV interview, December 24, 2005
[If insurance premiums are not charged for those over 75 years of age] “Their children and
grandchildren will revolt, saying ‘Hey Grandpa and Grandma, my insurance payments increase
because you live so long!'” — On a NHK debate program, May 25, 2008
Masuzoe has a salary of JPY 17 million and has JPY 300 million in assets. Yet when he lost JPY 8
million betting at horse races, he asked to reduce child support payments for his severely disabled
child born out of wedlock. The case is now in court. — News Post Seven, December 2, 2013
When Masuzoe was the Minister of Health (2007-2009), he promoted a vaccine for cervical cancer,
and the vaccine was approved for use during his term. Since then, the vaccine has been causing
serious side effects among a large number of young women.