Tomonaga Osada, an assemblyman in Aichi Prefecture’s Shinshiro, suggested handing out deliberately pierced condoms to couples in order to boost Japan’s infamously lagging birthrate at an assembly meeting in June.
The suggestion, in our eyes, makes Osada a sort of anti-Taro Aso; a bringer of unwanted new life as compared to Aso’s suggestions that old people should be encouraged to die.
News reports are unclear if Osada made the suggestion in jest, but given that this is Japan – home of Mac Akasaka’s Smile Party and that one violently weeping politician everyone is talking about – we’re going to guess he was dead serious. We assume he may have tempered what he knew in his heart to be an absolutely ridiculous suggestion with one of those, “I’m joking… unless you say yes,” smirks.
Pretty much everyone except for psychotic boyfriends are pissed at Osada for the comments, as they could be construed as insensitive towards women, those unable to have children, and those financially unable to raise children, in addition to blatantly ignoring the other obvious use of condoms: Preventing STDs.