Ayaka Shiomura's tears show why Shinzo Abe's talk of empowering Japan's women is still more hot air than policy.
The Tokyo assemblywoman two days ago urged colleagues to budget assistance for women struggling to balance work and childrearing, and to offer funding for fertility treatments -- sage advice one would think in a fast-aging nation where pets now outnumber children. The response from male members of Abe's own Liberal Democratic Party? Sexist jeers. “You're the one who needs to get married,” shouted one member, the Asahi newspaper reports. “Can’t you even bear a child,” yelled another.