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Tokyo Olympics: Artistic head Hiroshi Sasaki resigns after derogatory remark about feminine Japanese entertainer | Olympics Information

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Sasaki was head inventive director for the opening and shutting ceremonies for this 12 months’s Olympic Video games in Tokyo; he mentioned he had instructed a planning group by means of a bunch chat that Naomi Watanabe might play a job as an “Olympig”

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Hiroshi Sasaki has resigned as chief government inventive director of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics

Tokyo Olympics inventive head Hiroshi Sasaki mentioned he has resigned after making a derogatory remark a few standard feminine Japanese entertainer, within the newest controversy over insensitive remarks in the direction of ladies to hit Video games organisers.

Sasaki, who was the top inventive director for the opening and shutting ceremonies for this 12 months’s Video games, mentioned he had instructed a planning group by means of a bunch chat that Naomi Watanabe might play a job as an “Olympig”.

“There was a really inappropriate expression in my concepts and remarks,” Sasaki mentioned in an announcement issued by means of Video games organisers within the early hours of Thursday. “I sincerely apologise to her and individuals who have felt discomfort with such contents.”

Sasaki mentioned he had instructed Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto late on Wednesday night that he was stepping down.

Hashimoto and Tokyo 2020 CEO Toshiro Muto plan to deal with the matter at a information convention on Thursday, organisers mentioned.

Sasaki’s resignation got here swiftly after weekly journal Shukan Bunshun reported his remarks on Wednesday.

Final month, Yoshiro Mori stepped down from his function as president of the Tokyo 2020 organising committee after inflicting a furore with sexist remarks when he mentioned ladies speak an excessive amount of.

The 83-year-old Mori, a former prime minister, was changed by athlete-turned-politician Hashimoto who has pledged to make gender equality a prime precedence on the Video games.

Sasaki was named head of the inventive crew in December as Olympic organisers seemed to revamp plans for simplified ceremonies after the Tokyo Video games had been pushed again a 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Olympics are scheduled from July 23 to August 8 and the Paralympics from August 24 to September 5.



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