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US News OJ. The leader of the opening ceremony limited because of a joke on the Holocaust

08:25  22 july  2021
08:25  22 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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The Organizing Committee of the Tokyo Olympic Games decided to resubmit Kentaro Kobayashi of its functions, on Thursday, because of a joke on the holocaust pronounced during a televised sket, twenty years ago.

new scandal around the Olyo of Tokyo that open this Friday: the manager of the opening ceremony has been removed from his duties because of a joke on the holocaust dating back more than 20 years, announced this Thursday, July 22 the organizers.

"We learned that during a past artistic performance" , Kentaro Kobayashi "had worn with a mocking language about a tragic historical fact" , "said the president of Tokyo - 2020, Seiko Hashimoto.

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"The organizing committee has decided to resubmit Kobayashi from its functions" , she added.

In a humorous sketch broadcast in video in 1998, Mr. Kobayashi and another comedian imitated a famous duo of animators of a Japanese television program for children.

, pretending to imagine a DIY activity where it would be a question of creating and installing small paper dolls, Mr. Kobayashi had launched his partner: "Those of the last time you said: Let's play The Holocaust ", triggering the laughter of the public.

Cascading scandals

The duo was then joking by imagining the anger of the producer of the show because of this reference to the Holocaust.

This Sketch "That I wrote contained replicas that were extremely inappropriate" , apologized in a statement Mr. Kobayashi, a personality of the world of the show in Japan.

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This limogeage is barely a few days after the resignation of Keigo Oyamada , composer of one of the musical themes of the opening ceremony, which was caught up by old interviews he had given in the 1990s where he told in a light tone how he had persecuted disabled classmates in his youth.

In March, another artistic manager of the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Hiroshi Sasaki, had also resigned for internally suggested to disguise pork an actress and Japanese star of social networks with assumed rounders, Naomi Watanabe.

and February, the President of Tokyo-2020, the former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, had also had to leave his duties for sexist remarks who had provoked a global tolert.

These cascading scandals still have a little more tarnished the image of the Tokyo Olympics, already unpopular with a large part of the Japanese population dreading that the event does not aggravate the health crisis in the country.

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