JAPAN: Mori will resign but controversy will hurt Suga

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Yoshiro Mori, former prime minister and president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics organizing committee, indicated on Thursday, 11 February, that he would step down amidst a growing backlash to sexist remarks about the role of women in meetings. Mori had previously “retracted” his remarks but resisted calls to resign despite mounting protests at home and abroad, the resignation of hundreds of volunteers, and behind-the-scenes pressure from sponsors and International Olympic Committee (IOC) officials. The controversy was particularly poorly timed for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, whose governme
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