Seiko Hashimoto named Tokyo 2020 chief after sexism row

Japan's Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto

In this file photo taken on September 17, 2020 Japan's Minister for the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games Seiko Hashimoto delivers a speech during a press conference at the Prime Minister's office in Tokyo. Japan's Olympic Minister Seiko Hashimoto has been chosen as the top candidate to replace Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro Mori after he resigned over a sexism row, reports said on February 17, 2021.

Photo credit: Charly Triballeau | AFP

What you need to know:

  • The 56-year-old politician, who was also minister for gender equality and women's empowerment, will replace Yoshiro Mori, 83, after he sparked uproar with claims that women talk too much in meetings
  • Hashimoto is a passionate Olympian, who competed at seven consecutive winter and summer Games, in speed skating and as a sprint cyclist, winning a bronze for skating in 1992
  • In 2014, she faced a sexual harassment scandal after photos emerged of her hugging and kissing a male figure skater over 20 years her junior


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