10:46 GMT26 February 2021
Listen Live
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL

    TOKYO (Sputnik) – Japanese Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto has confirmed that Tokyo Olympics President Yoshiro Mori will leave his post following the backlash over comments perceived as overtly sexist, Japanese media reported on Friday.

    Hashimoto said that she had a phone conversation with Mori, who announced his plans to resign over the scandal, the Kyodo news agency reported.

    “The Organizing Committee will call the Board of Directors and the Executive Board: multiple opinions will be heard, and official procedures will be respected … The whole government will make efforts to restore confidence,” Hashimoto said, quoted by Kyodo.

    Mori, the 83-year-old former prime minister, kicked up controversy earlier this month after he remarked that having women participate caused meetings to drag on because women "talk too much." Amid public outcry, the official offered an apology for his remarks but with a wave of outrage underway, on Thursday, Kyodo reported that Mori would step down on Friday.


    More Than a 1,000 Japanese Citizens Contact Gov't Over Sexist Remark Made by Head of Tokyo Olympics
    Tokyo 2020 Olympics Chief Reportedly Set to Resign After Sexist Comments
    China Will 'Seriously Sanction' Boycotters of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, Global Times Editor Says
    Tokyo, Olympics, Japan
    Community standardsDiscussion