A petition and a total of 157,425 signatures seeking measures against sexist behavior were handed to the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee Tuesday, after Yoshiro Mori, president of the committee, drew anger for his derogatory remarks about women earlier this month.
The signature campaign started on Feb. 4, the day after Mori said at a Japanese Olympic Committee gathering that women talk too much in meetings. Mori has offered to step down from the post to take responsibility for the remarks.
At a news conference later on Tuesday, the submitters of the petition called on the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee to make the process of picking Mori's successor transparent.
The petition urges the committee to take measures to prevent such sexist remarks from being made again, increase the proportion of female members on its Executive Board to at least 40% and ensure transparency in the management of the organization.
An official of the committee who received the petition offered the view that Mori's comments in question were discriminatory against women, according to Momoko Nojo, a fourth-year student at Keio University and one of the initiators of the campaign.
At the news conference, Nojo, 22, said: "It's not an issue only for Mori. Japanese society, which has tolerated such remarks, is also problematic."
She urged the committee to show its readiness to change by opening the process to choose the new president to the public.
"We want a person who can explain what is wrong with Mori's remarks and understands gender equality to be the organizing committee's new president," Nojo said.
Among advocates of the initiative are musician Ryuichi Sakamoto and actress Kiko Mizuhara.
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