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Tokyo 2020 boss may resign despite apology over sexist comment

Yoshiro Mori

 

Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Organising Committee (TOGOC) president Yoshiro Mori has offered apologies after calls for his resignation following sexist comment .

Mori, an 83-year-old former prime minister known for public gaffes, told the Mainichi Shimbun he was sorry for his “thoughtless” remarks, which prompted calls for him to step down

Mori is reported to have said Wednesday that “board of directors meetings with many women take a lot of time”, according to the Asahi Shimbun daily

Tokyo 2020 has not responded to a request for comment on Mori’s remarks, but has called a press conference for later Thursday that is expected to address the row

Mori has apologised and said he may have to resign after sparking a sexism row by claiming women speak too much in meetings, a Japanese daily said Thursday.

“If calls for my resignation grow louder, I might be compelled to resign,” Mori was quoted as telling the newspaper on Thursday.

“It was thoughtless. I’d like to apologise,” he added.

“When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” he reportedly said.

The comments sparked a furious reaction in Japan, with the phrases “enough already,” “misogyny” and “we demand Yoshiro Mori resigns” all trending on Twitter.

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Mori said he had been taken to task by the female members of his family as a result, with his wife giving him a “thorough scolding.”

“She said: ‘You’ve said something bad again, haven’t you? I’m going to have to suffer again because you’ve antagonised women.’ This morning, my daughter and granddaughter scolded me as well,” he said.

 

 

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