Tokyo Olympics Opening Ceremony Director Kentaro Kobayashi Sacked For Holocaust Joke


Sports Desk, Amar Ujala, Tokyo

Published by: Mukesh Kumar Jha
Updated Thu, 22 Jul 2021 5:26 PM IST

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The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee sacked its director Kentaro Kobayashi a day before the opening ceremony. In fact, Kentaro was fired because he once joked about the Holocaust on his comedy show. This information was given by the chairman of the organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto. He said, ‘We learned that Kentaro had mentioned the Holocaust in his show as a joke.’ “We apologize for the inconvenience caused a day before the opening ceremony,” he said. Let us tell you that Kentaro joked about demolition in a comedy show in 1998.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year due to the Corona epidemic, is to be held on Friday. A week earlier, a musician was also discharged, who had spoken out in a magazine interview about torturing his colleagues in the past. The composer composed the music for a portion of the opening ceremony.

In March this year, Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned from his position. He made objectionable remarks against the country’s famous artist Naomi Watanabe. Earlier in February, Yoshiro Mori, the head of the organizing committee, used abusive language against a woman. He had said in his statement that women talk more in the meeting. After this statement, there was a public debate about gender equality in Japan, after which he had to resign from his post.

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee sacked its director Kentaro Kobayashi a day before the opening ceremony. In fact, Kentaro was fired because he once joked about the Holocaust on his comedy show. This information was given by the chairman of the organizing committee, Seiko Hashimoto. He said, ‘We learned that Kentaro had mentioned the Holocaust in his show as a joke.’ “We apologize for the inconvenience caused a day before the opening ceremony,” he said. Let us tell you that Kentaro joked about demolition in a comedy show in 1998.

The opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, postponed for a year due to the Corona epidemic, is to be held on Friday. A week earlier, a musician was also discharged, who had spoken out in a magazine interview about torturing his colleagues in the past. The composer composed the music for a portion of the opening ceremony.

In March this year, Tokyo Olympics creative director Hiroshi Sasaki resigned from his position. He made objectionable remarks against the country’s famous artist Naomi Watanabe. Earlier in February, Yoshiro Mori, the head of the organizing committee, used abusive language against a woman. He had said in his statement that women talk more in the meeting. After this statement, there was a public debate about gender equality in Japan, after which he had to resign from his post.


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