A provincial Japanese politician has landed himself in hot water after suggesting that deliberately punctured condoms be distributed to married couples to counter the country's dwindling birth rate, local media reported on Friday.
Municipal assembly member Tomonaga Osada received a stern warning and was forced to apologise after making the bizarre proposal, which triggered a flurry of phone calls from enraged locals.
I cannot deny my comments were disgraceful, a contrite Osada told the Mainichi Shimbun newspaper. I'm sorry.
我的这个建议确实是可耻的， 后悔的他对《每日新闻》说。 我感到抱歉。
Osada's controversial remarks were made at a regular assembly meeting last month, when he also reportedly suggested handing out locally grown Japanese yams -- said to boost sexual stamina.