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The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been fired
Posted on 2021-07-22 19:08:04
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The show director of the Olympics opening ceremony has been dismissed, one
day before the event is due to be held.

Footage of Ken-taro Kobayashi from the 1990s recently emerged in which he
appears to be making jokes about the Holocaust.

Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said the video ridiculed "painful facts
of history".

The dismissal is the latest in a string of scandals to hit the Games.

Tokyo 2020 - postponed last year because of the Covid-19 pandemic that has
constantly threatened to derail the event - has seen three men forced to step
down since the start of this year.

Tomorrow's ceremony, which Japanese Prime Minister Yoshi-hide Suga said
should proceed as planned, will officially kick off two weeks of competition.

However, after the removal of Kobayashi, organisers are now reassessing how
to hold Friday's event - which will only be watched by about 950 people in
the stadium, in order to minimise risks.

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