• Kyodo


Japanese actor Naoto Takenaka pulled out of his scheduled performance in the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics at the last minute over concerns his comedic depiction of a visually impaired man more than three decades ago could draw a backlash, his management agency said Thursday.

The revelation follows a series of high-profile resignations and dismissals related to the Olympics that left organizers scrambling to salvage last Friday’s kick-off event at the National Stadium.

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