Yoshihiro Murai at 2011 seminar
|Governor of Miyagi Prefecture|
|Assumed office |
21 November 2005
|Preceded by||Shirō Asano|
|Born||20 August 1960|
Toyonaka, Osaka, Japan
|Political party||Liberal Democratic Party of Japan|
|Alma mater||National Defense Academy of Japan|
Yoshihiro Murai (村井 嘉浩 Murai Yoshihiro, born 20 August 1960) is a Japanese politician and current governor of Miyagi Prefecture. A native of Toyonaka, Osaka and former serviceman of Japan Self-Defense Forces, he was first elected governor in 2005 after serving in the assembly of the prefecture since 1995.
In July 2017 Murai approved the online publication of a tourism promotion video that was created using 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami reconstruction funds and starred actress and gravure idol Mitsu Dan. Female members of the Miyagi Prefectural Assembly, along with members of the public, claimed that the video was sexually suggestive and demanded that it be taken down. Murai initially defended the video on the grounds that it successfully brought attention to the prefecture, but hundreds of complaints were filed in the month after publication, and he ordered the video withdrawn in August 2017.
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- "Miyagi to remove 'sexist' tourism video after a month of complaints". The Japan Times. August 21, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
- "Miyagi lawmakers ask governor to take down suggestive tourism video featuring Dan Mitsu". The Japan Times. July 21, 2017. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
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