Yoshiro Mori, the Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief, has decided to step down of his position after he made sexist remarks about women to Japanese media last week. This is what he said back then:
“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
On boards with a lot of women, the board meetings take so much time.
Women have a strong sense of competition. If one person raises their hand, others probably think, I need to say something too. That’s why everyone speaks.”
As there are only 7 women on the 35-member board, he praised them for ‘knowing their place’. His remarks were met with laughter in the room and across the internet.
Yoshiro Mori was the head of the organizing committee for the games, and even though he had previously refused to step down, at least 500 Olympic volunteers quit over his remarks.
Reportedly, the 83-year-old Mori will be replaced with the 84-year-old Kawabuchi.