Birth giving devices

Lisa at TokyoMango quotes Japan’s health minister:

The number of women aged between 15 and 50 is fixed. 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, although it may not be so appropriate to call them machines.

Couple this with a story that Ayesha had blogged about long back:

Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi made the suggestion because of the Imperial family’s failure to produce male heirs.

If the rules were changed, Princess Aiko would stand to ascend the throne upon the death of her father.

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The strain on Aiko’s mother to provide a boy is reported to be responsible for the nervous disorer she has been suffering from for the last two years.

Two facets of the same story?

I don’t know much about Japanese society, so can’t comment. But it’s sickening nevertheless.

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