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Drama Tokyo 2020 Olympics president got cancelled for sexist remarks

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Tokyo (CNN)Tokyo 2020 Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori said he will resign due to the fallout after sexist remarks he made at a meeting were leaked to the public.

Mori expressed his "deepest apologies" on Friday and said he would hand in his resignation by the end of the day, acknowledging that his "inappropriate statement has caused a lot of chaos."
"The important thing is that the Olympic Games are held in July," Mori said. "If I am going to be a distraction to organizing the Games by being in my position, I think that is a situation we should avoid."
News of his impending resignation was first reported by Japanese media on Thursday.

Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, has been under fire since last week, when he said that "board meetings with lots of women take longer" because "women are competitive -- if one member raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too," according to reports in the Japanese press.

:messenger_tears_of_joy: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/02/12/sport/yoshiro-mori-tokyo-2020-resignation-intl-hnk/index.html
 
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His comments were a big deal among Japanese women on Twitter. They really worked themselves up into a frenzy. Mori became the symbol of everything wrong with the country and these old men who run Japan. I even got into a fight with my (Japanese) wife, when I told her that by dragging it out for so long, they are kinda proving him right.

This might be the final nail in the coffin of the Olympics in 2021. Mori's enormous influence and contacts were the glue that was keeping it together.
 
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His comments were a big deal among Japanese women on Twitter. They really worked themselves up into a frenzy. Mori became the symbol of everything wrong with the country and these old men who run Japan. I even got into a fight with my (Japanese) wife, when I told her that by dragging it out for so long, they are kinda proving him right.

This might be the final nail in the coffin of the Olympics in 2021. Mori's enormous influence and contacts were the glue that was keeping it together.
Isnt japanese women adjusting to their men, or is those days over now?
 

NeoIkaruGAF

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Alas, even for Japan the time has come when people have to resign for telling things that aren’t wrong.

I mean, generalizations are bad and everything, but what he said isn’t new and it isn’t false in enough situations.

Last time I went to a public event before COVID, the queue for the ladies’ restroom was still much longer and slower than its male counterpart. It’s not that hard to admit that by and large, women do things differently than men, especially on boards and when there’s career, power and prestige at stake.
 
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notseqi

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Kinda brought it on himself by getting one woman to complain and then knowing the others would pile on out of competitiveness.
I was gonna react to the beginning of that sentence way different to what the end of the sentence said. Well done.

He on the other hand could have waved them off making 'yakety-yak' noises.
 

belmarduk

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I think its funny that in most English-speaking countries, its spelled cancelled, but in the US its canceled.
 

nkarafo

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If it wasn't true, women wouldn't be offended as much.

Just own your little imperfections and joke about them if they make you uncomfortable. Nobody is perfect.

If it was the other way around (a woman noting something annoying men do) everyone would have a laugh and continue with whatever they were doing.
 
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StormCell

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Yeah, this is kind of overkill having him cancelled, but it was also very easily avoidable. I would have made the very same statement without dragging a generalization about an immutable characteristic into the discussion.

My statement: "Board meetings with lots of people take longer" because "a lot of people are competitive -- if one of them raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too."

Generally very true. This is why we try to trim the audience list in our work meetings because lots of people in a room naturally yields a lot of cross conversations, and team members tend to become competitive for floor time whenever the boss is involved.
 
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Alx

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For what it's worth, I've met many people who had that insufferable habit of always having to say something in a meeting even if it's barely relevant to the topic (and sometimes completely off-topic), or some that take forever to explain something that could be summarized in ten words, and they were all men.
Anyway right or wrong, it's a silly thing to be cancelled about. If we had to get rid of any person who said something stupid at one time, there wouldn't be anybody left.
 
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Shouta

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This guy has been a moron for a long ass time. All of the Japanese people I know don't like him from his time as Prime Minister so that undoubtedly played a hand in this. Japan's societal treatment of women still lags behind a lot of the more developed countries in the world so I'm pretty glad they're not letting this get a pass.
 

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he said that "board meetings with lots of women take longer" because "women are competitive -- if one member raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too,"

He's technically correct... it's just that the sentences are pointlessly gendered.

Regardless, had he said:
- "Board meetings with lots of men take longer because men are competitive -- if one member raises their hand to speak, others might think they need to talk too"
No one would have batted an eye.
 
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Old, inbred-looking man was wrong because 90% of the meetings I'm in at work won't end because dudes wont stfu and all try to outdo each other.

Glad the dinosaur got canned.
 
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