The mayor of Onomichi in Japan apologized for the city’s distribution of leaflets advising women to do housework so as not to irritate their husbands.
The Onomichi city government in Hiroshima Prefecture in 2017 conducted a survey, then used the results to create leaflets offering advice to pregnant and new-born women. This week, the Japanese media’s attention to the leaflets and their content sparked anger on social media.
“Men often act according to reason and women according to emotions,” the leaflet reads. “It’s important to understand the differences and divide roles well.”
The leaflet says that men always want to be thanked for doing things like washing dishes, changing diapers and holding babies, and advises women not to “get upset for no reason”. The wife may anger her husband if they are “busy with the children and neglect the housework”.
The Onomichi government advises women to pamper their husbands with massages, prepare lunches, take care of the children, do housework, and welcome their husbands home with a smiling face.
Onomichi Mayor Yukihiro Hiratani posted an apology on the local government’s website on July 25, saying the leaflet “does not fit the mentality of pregnant women, new-born women or those raising children”. small, and at the same time makes many people uncomfortable.”