Tokyo – The Tokyo Olympics made a symbolic gesture towards gender equality on Tuesday by appointing 12 women to the body’s executive committee.
The board has 19 out of 45 members, or 42% of women.
The size of the board has been increased from 35 to 45 to accommodate new women. Some resignations on Tuesday also created more space.
The move was announced by CEO Toshiro Mutou after the board of directors. The names of the new members were scheduled to be announced on Wednesday.
Seiko Hashimoto, the new chairman of the Organizing Committee, urged change. She took over last month after 83-year-old former President Yoshiro Mori was forced to resign after making derogatory comments about women.
In essence, he said they talked too much.
At the beginning of the board of directors, Mr. Hashimoto said, “I think it is necessary to work swiftly and firmly in order to regain the trust of the Organizing Committee in promoting gender equality.” ..
Hashimoto, who won the former Olympic bronze medal in speed skating, promised to increase women’s participation in the body’s executive committee when she took over. It was about 20%.
Muto also said that one in seven female vice presidents will be appointed to the board.
Japan ranks 121st out of 153 in the World Economic Forum’s Gender Equality Ranking, and women are rarely found in leadership roles or boardrooms.
This move is unlikely to have long-term implications. The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic Games has about 3,500 employees, but it will be dissolved when the postponed Olympic Games are held.
Prime Minister Hashimoto is planning a “five-party talk” with Olympic Committee Chairman Thomas Bach, International Paralympic Committee Chairman Andrew Parsons, Governor of Tokyo Yuriko Koike, and Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa on Wednesday.
The main items are when fans who are allowed to enter the Olympic venue and fans from overseas are allowed to enter Japan.
The postponed Olympic Games will begin on July 23, followed by the Paralympics on August 24.
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Tokyo Olympics add 12 women to executive committee to reach 42%
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