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Japanese mayor in trouble after saying men should shop for groceries during pandemic because women take too long

Well, talk about putting your foot in your mouth. The mayor of Osaka, Japan, is facing heat after he said it would be better for men to grocery shop because women waddle in stores. According to CNN, 56-year-old Ichiro Matsui was talking about what people can do to stop the spread of the coronavirus when he gave his two cents on which sex would be the better shopper during a pandemic. He claimed men would be better at grocery shopping because women take too long to pick out items which would lead to overcrowding at the stores.

On Thursday, Matsui called on people to stay home as much as possible to curb the spread of the illness. But his remarks over who should do the grocery shopping angered many.

“Women take a longer time grocery shopping because they browse through different products and weigh out which option is best,” Matsui told reporters on Thursday. “Men quickly grab what they’re told to buy so they won’t linger at the supermarket — that avoids close contact with others.”

Matsui was challenged by a reporter about his remarks and he acknowledged that he might be viewed as out-of-touch, reports Channel News Asia. But he said that’s what his family is doing.

Many online were not pleased with Mayor Ichiro Matsui. They called him sexist and disrespectful.

“Full of prejudice against women,” one commenter said.

“There are indecisive men and nimble and sharp women,” another said.

While most agreed with the criticism laid against the mayor, some agreed with him noting that women were “chatty.”

Japan has been in lockdown the past couple of weeks after it saw a surge in coronavirus cases.

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