Over the weekend, the Japanese Prime Minister, Fumio Kishida, dismissed an aide for making anti-LGBT remarks. Kishida and pro-LGBT sources have described Masayoshi Arai’s thoughts as “incompatible” and “outrageous”. 
From October 2022, Arai was the executive secretary to the Prime Minister. He had stated in recent candid remarks that he would not like to live near LGBT-practising couples. His comments came after discussions in parliament on the legalisation of same-sex marriage. 
Arai had also suggested that if the government were to look at legalising same-sex marriage, people might leave the country. 
Why the fury at Arai’s LGBT comments?
Despite many Western and so-called “liberal” states enforcing LGBT-related legislation, the overwhelming majority of people of faith remain staunchly opposed to these unacceptable beliefs and lifestyles.
The likes of same-sex marriage, decriminalising sexual relations between those of the same gender, and promoting events such as Pride, are strongly opposed due to their immorality.
Population shrinking since 2010
In addition, Japan continues to struggle to encourage couples to have more children, while its birth rate dwindles and an ever-aging population applies sustained pressure on public services and government spending.
Figures from 2022 found that the number of babies born had dropped below 800,000. This was rightly viewed as a dangerous moment in Japanese history, particularly as the birth rate had not dropped below the 800,000 mark since records began in the late 1890s. 
While Arai’s comments have caused upset in some quarters, it could be argued that he has simply stated an opinion that is in line with the natural disposition or fitrah of humankind.
In a day and age where LGBT lifestyles are being shoved down our throats at every juncture, it is appalling that a person who has openly expressed his opposition to the same is fired and made to appear as a villain.
Given that Japan is experiencing a rapidly declining population, one would assume that the encouragement of LGBT lifestyles would be the last thing on the minds of government officials.
Moreover, with regards to Japanese leader Kishida, he has been battling disastrous ratings since the start of his premiership in the tail end of 2021. He continues to struggle to build confidence in his administration’s leadership. The Japan Times reported on 19 January that the Prime Minister’s approval rating had plummeted to an all-time low of just 26.5 per cent. 
Perhaps the dismissal of Masayoshi Arai was undertaken with the intention of latching onto the immoral LGBT views that the Western and “liberal” governments are encouraging, and in hopes of clawing back some popularity among the populace.