Tokyo 2020: Organisers boost number of women on board

The Tokyo Olympic Games organising committee is set to add 12 new female directors to its executive board.

The move comes weeks after long-time president Yoshiro Mori was forced to quit for making sexist remarks. He commented that should the number of female board members increase, they would have to “make sure their speaking time is restricted somewhat, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.”

His female replacement, Seiko Hashimoto, aims to have women make up 40% of the board members.

The changes – just five months before the games begin – come after public outrage over Mori’s complaint that women talked too much in meetings.

The committee’s chief executive, Toshiro Muto, said on Tuesday the group planned to add 12 new female directors to its board, raising the ratio of women to 42%.

The Summer Olympics will begin on July 23, after already being postponed by a year due to the pandemic.


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