The Kumamoto City Assembly which has been said to be male-dominated found the 42-year-old mother responsible for disrupting the flow of a session as she took her son into the assembly hall.
The rules of engagement for the assembly states that a non-assembly member cannot enter the assembly floor during a session. However, the case of a baby here might look dicey.
Male members in the assembly had forced the 42-year-old mother and her baby out of the assembly hall.
Ogata, who is one of the six female council members among the 48-member municipal assembly, wanted to highlight the challenges women face in Japan.
Apart from being forced out with her baby, she also faced a barrage of online criticism despite Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s pledge to create a “society in which all women shine.”
However, the 42-year-old mother returned to the chamber soon after leaving her baby with her friend.
Ogata, who has a master’s degree in conflict resolution from George Mason University in the U.S, said she has been asking the assembly office whether she can take her baby in since she became pregnant in 2016.
Since she wouldn’t get any positive response from the assembly office after her several asking, she decided to break the ice by walking into the chamber with her baby on Friday.