Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic Games Organization Committee, will have to answer within his organisation for the women-friendly statements he made last week at an online meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee.
On Friday there will be a crisis consultation after, among others, the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Tokyo‘s governor Yuriko Koike and sponsor Toyota Mori had criticized.
The 83-year-old Mori, former Prime Minister of Japan, said, among other things, that women have been speaking for far too long in meetings and expressed his irritation. “If we increase the number of female board members, we have to ensure that speaking time is somewhat limited. They have difficulty finishing, which is annoying,” said the President, who later apologized at a press conference. The IOC called the statements “inappropriate” at a time when the pursuit of gender equality is central.
The Executive Committee of the Organization in Tokyo will discuss Mori’s comments on Friday and, according to a press release, discusses ‘future initiatives’ in the area of equality between men and women. Mori has already stated that he will not leave himself.