February 5th – Yoshiro Mori, chairman of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee, made a speech suspected of discrimination against women on the 3rd, which aroused strong dissatisfaction from all walks of life in Japan.
On social media, a wave of protests demanding Yoshiro Mori’s resignation was set off.
Japanese media said that Japanese politics has begun to consider suitable successors, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
According to a comprehensive report by Japan’s current affairs news agency, Nikkei Hyundai and other media, as of the 5th, the joint letter asking Yoshiro Mori to resign on the Japanese website has collected more than 50,000 signatures.
They also asked the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee to avoid similar incidents again and increase the proportion of female directors of the Olympic Organizing Committee to 40%.
In addition, several Liberal Democratic Party legislators, including Hirohiko Izumida, the former governor of Niigata Prefecture, also called on Yoshiro Mori to resign voluntarily.
“For the sake of Japan, President Mori should resign as soon as possible,” Izumida said on social media on the 5th.
Nikkei Hyundai reported that Japanese politics had begun to discuss the succession of Yoshiro Mori, including former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
A personage of the Liberal Democratic Party revealed that after Abe resigned as Prime Minister in September 2020, Mori Yoshiro Mori expressed his “willingness to let Abe succeed him as Chairman of the Olympic Organizing Committee”, and that the two belonged to the same faction within the Liberal Democratic Party, and Mori had every reason to name Abe to succeed.
Another popular candidate is Yuichi Tanigaki, the former president of the Liberal Democratic Party, who has been involved in the preparations for the Tokyo Paralympic Games for a long time and is an avid sports fan.
Many politicians believe that he has the ability to promote the smooth holding of the Tokyo Olympic Games and improve the bad impression left by Yoshiro Mori on the Olympic Organizing Committee.