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Tokyo Olympics: Yet Another Scandal Over Sexist Comments

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Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, speaks during a press conference regarding its creative director's comments about a well-known female celebrity, in Tokyo Thursday, March 18, 2021. Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki is resigning after making demeaning the comments. Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which are to begin on July 23. Last year he told planning staff members that well-known entertainer Naomi Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.” (Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP)

(AP) — Tokyo Olympics director Hiroshi Sasaki has resigned after making demeaning comments about a well-known female celebrity in Japan. It is yet another setback for the postponed games and another involving comments about women.

In February the president of the organizing committee was forced to resign after sexist comments after saying women talk too much in meetings. Sasaki was in charge of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics, which open on July 23.

Last year he told planning staff members that well-known entertainer Naomi Watanabe could perform in the ceremony as an “Olympig.” She is a heavy-set woman and “Olympig” was a play on the word “Olympic.”

 

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