Woman Is Chosen to Succeed Tokyo Olympics Chief Who Made Sexist Remark

Woman Is Chosen to Succeed Tokyo Olympics Chief Who Made Sexist Remark

Tokyo – The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee on Thursday appointed Seiko Hashimoto, Japan’s cabinet minister and in charge of Olympic equality, to replace 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori. Who resigned In the wake of an international arson last week Sexist comment.

The selection of Ms. Hashimoto, 56, who is an Olympic medalist, represents an apparent generational and gender change for the selection committee that initially held another octogenarian male leader, Saburo Kawabuchi, a former governing body for Japanese football The name of the chief was planned. , As a replacement for Mr. Mori.

But last week, after 84-year-old Mr. Kawabuchi, he told reporters he was ready to accept a proposal to succeed Mr. Mori, with the organizing committee expressing displeasure on social media about Mr. Kawabuchi’s age , Responded to his apparent support. Corporal punishment of children and for the fact that they were controlled by Mr. Mori himself.

Following Mr Mori’s resignation last Friday, Toshiro Mutto, the chief executive of the organizing committee, announced the formation of a new selection committee, consisting of half-men and half-women, to choose a successor.

Several names had appeared in the Japanese media, but Ms. Hashimoto always seemed to be the clear leader.

Ms. Hashimoto is a member of the governing Liberal Democratic Party of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and has served in the Upper House of Japan’s Parliament since 1995.

She was the second member of Parliament to give birth while in office, and to accommodate them, Parliament changed its rules to allow members to take time off for delivery. Ms. Hashimoto took a week off when her daughter was born.

As an Olympian, Ms. Hashimoto competed in a total of seven Summer and Winter Olympic Games in the 1980s and 90s, competing in speed and cycling. She won a bronze medal in the 1,500-meter speed at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.

Ms. Hashimoto entered politics when Mr. Mori was general secretary of the Liberal Democrats, and he joined his political faction, one of a handful of influential groups that could determine the careers of lawmakers in Japan.

“I think Ms. Hashimoto was chosen so as to maintain Mr. Mori’s influence,” said an independent political analyst and former staff member for both the Littoral Democrats and the opposition Democratic Party. “She is Mr. Mori’s puppet.”

Kazuko Fukuda, a women’s rights activist and one of the authors Change.org Petition Mr Mori’s remarks were criticized, saying he was delighted that the Olympic Committee eventually “valued the voice of the people” and changed course after his initial selection to replace Mr Mori.

“It seemed that it was already decided without any meeting or discussion,” Ms Fukuda said. “For a long time, everything was fixed at the dinner table after work, so that many people who have to do care work, mainly women, could not get involved in the important decision-making process, which was really I dissolve women. “

Makiko Inuo And Hisako Ueno Contributed to reporting.



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