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With just five months and six days to go until the Olympic opening ceremony, large parts of Japan are still under a state of emergency and a vaccine has only just been approved for use here.

As if those weren’t big enough challenges to overcome, the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee was plunged into scandal earlier this month after its president, Yoshiro Mori, suggested that women talk too much in board meetings, leading to his eventual resignation.

New York Times bureau chief Motoko Rich breaks down Mori’s sexist comments and what his resignation says about the status of women in Japanese society.

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Motoko at the Gender Symposium Japan 2021

Motoko Rich will be joining panelists from the Asahi Shimbun and New York Times on March 3, 2021, at 3 p.m to discuss gender inequality in Japan and around the world, sharing stories to highlight challenges and progress. For more information and to register visit


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