Tokyo — The organizers announced Thursday that they had dismissed the director of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics after learning that he had downplayed the Holocaust in his comedy routine.
Director Kentaro Kobayashi’s dismissal will take place just over 24 hours before the start of the ceremony scheduled for Friday.
Seiko Hashimoto, president of Tokyo 2020, said at a press conference that the organizers are reviewing the entire opening ceremony program following Mr. Kobayashi’s dismissal. Mr Hashimoto said he was aware of his past remarks about the Holocaust on Wednesday morning in 1998.
Mr. Hashimoto said he “deeply regrets” the situation.
“The overall responsibility lies with me,” she said.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global Jewish human rights group based in Los Angeles, accused Kobayashi of his remarks on Wednesday. The center quoted Japanese reports and said Kobayashi “made malicious anti-Semitic jokes, such as’Play the Holocaust’.” “”
“No one has the right to mock the victims of the Nazi massacre, no matter how creative,” said Abraham Cooper, vice director of the center and director of global social activities.
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Kobayashi’s dismissal is the latest in a series of embarrassing moments for the Organizing Committee, especially the opening ceremony team.
Japanese composer Keigo Oyamada resigned from the Tokyo 2020 creative team earlier this week in response to bullying his classmates with disabilities as a child.
Hiroshi Sasaki, the former creative director of the opening ceremony, resigned in March after it was revealed that he had made sexist statements about a famous Japanese female entertainer. She was likened to a pig in a brainstorming session.
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