(Tokyo) Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the organizing committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, apologized to the Japanese media on Thursday, raising the possibility of his sexist remarks made the day before and his resignation if forced.
“If the calls for my resignation come out loud, I may be forced to resign,” Mori Mainichi told the newspaper.
“I want to apologize,” he assured, speaking “without thinking.”
Mr Mori announced the press conference Tokyo-2020 on Thursday at 2pm local time (12 am ET).
However, according to Nippon TV, it also spoke to Mr. Mori this morning, who has no plans to resign at this time.
On Wednesday, the 83-year-old former Japanese prime minister (2000-2001) complained that “boards of directors take too long with too many women” because their interventions were “difficult to complete”, according to a report in a Japanese newspaper. Asahi.
“Women are competing. It is believed that if one raises his hand (to intervene, the editor’s note), others must also speak. That’s why everyone ends up talking, ”he told reporters during a meeting with the Japan Olympic Committee.
Mori was also pleased to know that the women members of the Tokyo-2020 Organizing Committee know “to be in their place”.
Neither the Tokyo 2020 Press Service nor the Japanese government spokesman Katsunobu Kato have so far responded formally to Mr Mori’s comments.
His statements provoked outrage on social media in Japan, with the hashtags “enough is enough”, “Mizojini” or “We want Yoshiro Mori to resign” on Twitter.
Renho Murata, a parliamentary opposition figure in Japan, who uses only his first name in his political career, called Mr Mori’s remarks “shameful”, saying she would go against the grain. Olympic values, against all forms of discrimination.
Former Japanese athletes also responded, with former judoka and Japanese Olympic Committee member Kauri Yamaguchi finding Mr Mori’s comments “unfortunate.”
Gender equality is “a necessity to host the Tokyo Games,” she said.
Mori, who is already known to have committed a lot of crimes against Japan, especially when he was prime minister of Japan, sparked another controversy earlier this week by loudly and clearly confirming that the Tokyo Olympics would be “whatever comes next”. The global health crisis.
Leading Japanese comedian Atsushi Tamura announced on YouTube on Thursday that Mr Mori was stepping down from the Olympic torch relay after making vicious comments about the Games. He considered them “incomprehensible” in view of the epidemic, which also affected Japan.