Regarding the dismissal of the Prime Minister's secretary for discriminatory remarks about same-sex marriage, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno told the House of Representatives Budget Committee, "It is outrageous and regrettable that the remarks could be perceived as unfair discrimination." He stressed that it is inconsistent with government policy.

At the House of Representatives Budget Committee meeting held on the morning of the 6th, a member of the Liberal Democratic Party asked about the circumstances surrounding Katsuki Arai, former secretary to the Prime Minister, who was dismissed for saying, "I don't want to see it" over same-sex marriage.

In response, Chief Cabinet Secretary Matsuno said, "It can't be helped that the remarks could be perceived as unfair discrimination, and are completely incompatible with the government's policy. It is outrageous and regrettable. I have made the decision to quit my job."

In addition, the Kishida administration believes that there should be no unfair discrimination or prejudice based on sexual orientation or gender identity, diversity should be respected, and all people should value each other's human rights and dignity. We will continue to listen to the voices of various people and work hard to realize an inclusive society where people can enjoy a lively life."