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A veteran who knows the ins and outs of the Tokyo Games or a new, young face to signal that the organizers are starting afresh?

That’s the question hanging over the Tokyo Organising Committee panel tasked with selecting the successor to former chief Yoshiro Mori, who quit Friday over earlier sexist remarks, report Eric Johnston and Kaz Nagatsuka.

If local media are to be believed, the panel has made its choice, coalescing around one candidate: Seiko Hashimoto, the Cabinet minister in charge of the Tokyo Games and a former Olympian herself, reports Ryusei Takahashi.

Deep Dive podcast, Episode 82: The sexism scandal engulfing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics | THE JAPAN TIMES
Deep Dive podcast, Episode 82: The sexism scandal engulfing the Tokyo 2020 Olympics | THE JAPAN TIMES

The committee’s selection panel is expected to ask Hashimoto to accept the position Thursday, although she has said repeatedly that she is not interested in leaving her current position to replace Mori.

Just in case the organizers needed another reminder that a great portion of the Japanese public is done with sexism, a petition with a total of 157,425 signatures was delivered to the organizing committee Tuesday.

One party that doesn’t seem to have got the message is the biggest one of all: the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, which has made the magnanimous gesture of agreeing to let five female lawmakers into meetings of its top brass — so long as the women agree to sit at the back and keep their mouths shut.

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