The boss of the Tokyo Olympic Games organising committee has apologised after lamenting that women make meetings ‘drag on’.
During his sexist remarks, he also said women talk too much and “have difficulty” speaking concisely.
Olympics boss says women talk too much
Yoshiro Mori is an 83 year-old former Prime Minister famous for public gaffes in addition to his old-fashioned views.
According to a report in the Asahi Shimbun Daily, he recently told members of the Japanese Olympic Committee:
“A board meeting with plenty of women will make it drag on.
“When you increase the number of female executive members, if their speaking time isn’t restricted to a certain extent, they have difficulty finishing, which is annoying.”
Some members of the committee reportedly then laughed, before Mori continued.
“If one female member raises her hand to speak, all the others then feel the need to speak too.
“Everyone ends up saying something.”
The Games boss subsequently apologised, telling a press conference he felt “deeply remorseful” for his comments.
He also admitted they were “inappropriate”.
Despite the apology, Mori says he has no intention of stepping down.
“I am not thinking of resigning,” he said.
“I have been working hard and devoted myself to helping the Tokyo Olympics for seven years, so therefore, I will not be stepping down.”
Kaori Yamaguchi, a director of the Tokyo Olympics Committee, has worked to increase the participation of women in male-dominated sports.
She criticised Mori following his blatantly sexist comments.
“Gender equality and consideration for people with disabilities were supposed to be given for the Tokyo Games,” she said.
“It is unfortunate to see the president of the organising committee making such a remark.”
The comments also appalled industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from Fair Work Claims.
“This man’s comments and his attitude towards women belong in a long-gone era,” he said.
“There is no place for sexism, gender inequality or discrimination in today’s society – especially in the workplace.