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Disapproval of Tokyo Olympics head Mori’s sexist remarks grows 

  • February 10, 2021
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All national papers wrote that calls are growing at home and abroad for holding Tokyo Olympics Organizing Committee President Mori accountable for his discriminatory remarks against women. At yesterday’s Diet sessions, most opposition female lawmakers wore white to protest the former prime minister’s comments. Many local corporate sponsors of the Tokyo Games have openly expressed their strong displeasure apparently in response to a growing chorus of calls for his resignation on social media and in the media. The International Olympic Committee also issued a fresh statement on Tuesday saying: “The recent comments of Tokyo 2020 President Mori were absolutely inappropriate and in contradiction to the IOC’s  commitments and the reforms of its Olympic Agenda 2020.” While pointing out that in a separate statement released earlier, the IOC had said it considered “the issue closed” following Mori’s apology, the papers speculated that the IOC was forced to update its position in the face of continued criticism of the controversial statement. The dailies noted the Tokyo Olympic committee will hold an emergency meeting of its executives on Friday to discuss the matter, conjecturing that although it is desperate to quell the commotion quickly, public resentment may persist unless Mori steps down. 

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