Quote from BBC News online

"Japan's health minister has referred to women as "birth-giving machines" in a speech to a local political meeting.

Hakuo Yanagisawa called for women to do their best to bear children in order to counter Japan's plummeting birth rate and rapidly ageing population.

"Because the number of birth-giving machines and devices is fixed, all we can ask for is for them to do their best per head," he said.

He added: "Although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines."

So, do we think this was just an inadvertantly unfortunate translation of what he said, or did he really refer to women as 'birth-giving machines'. Have you seen the original text in Japanese? Would you agree with this translation?
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Emotion: surprise Hope it was just a bad translation, because otherwise he simply insulted Japanese women.
Unfortunately there are many countries in which men still think that we are machines, and I'm adding also Italy to the list! Usually this thing's been said by men who have a very low educational level; what has surprised me it's the fact that it's a minister to say this. Thinking better why should I be surprised since we've had Berlusconi as prime minister and he said a LOT of silly things?
In conclusion, I agree with Ruslana: I hope it's just a bad translation otherwise poor Japanese women Emotion: tongue tied
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It sounds as if he may need to address the sperm-implanting devices too.

MrP
Machines for this, machines for that. Where will it all end?
I got a bit confused the other night and wolf whistled at a beer vending machine! (It was kinda cute :-) )


wolf whistled at a beer vending machine

You've just seriously affronted 3000 Google bots, Mike.

MrP
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What, me worry?
First I had the Fembots after me, then the BMA (Beer Machine Association),. What's a few thousand more? Bring on the Googlies!
Uh oh. Not just bottist – googlist too.

Goodbye to our Alexa ranking...
ROFL
Mr Darkly probably thinks I'm oslo a bit Pist!
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