A timeline detailing Governor Ishihara's comments

・On November 20, 2010, the Tokyo Government announced that a revised bill of the Tokyo Metropolitan Ordinance Regarding the Healthy Development of Youths would be submitted.

・On December 3, 2010, the Parent-Teacher Association of Tokyo and other organizations submitted requests to the Tokyo Governor for the passage of the revised bill. On that occasion, the Tokyo Governor said, "It's not just for the kids, Homosexuals appear on TV as if it was no big deal. In Japan things are way too uncontrolled. I will see to it [the revised bill's passage] with a sense of mission." There was an uproar on the Internet. Many people contacted the Mainichi Shimbun (Newspaper), which had made the report, and asked whether the report was really true. It just so happened that the week of December 4 to 10 was Human Rights Week, and the Tokyo Governor made the comment when "discrimination based on sexual orientation" was listed among items emphasized for the enlightenment activities for 2010.

・On December 7, when a reporter for the Mainichi Shimbun asked the Tokyo Governor at a regular press conference what he had really meant in his December 3 comment, he said, "I feel there's something missing [in them]. Perhaps it's because of their genes. I feel sorry for them for being a minority."

"I once saw a gay parade [when I visited San Francisco on official business], and felt really sorry for them. I saw male pairs, females pairs, and I feel they are missing something." This comment by the Tokyo Governor was taken up by not only the Mainichi Shimbun but also the Asahi Shimbun and the Tokyo Shimbun.

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