- 14 Mar 2002
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Mr Mori, time to call it quits and enjoy those days of retirement!
Yoshiro Mori, chief of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, has come under fire for saying that “competitive” women prolong meetings with their need to talk. Mori made the remarks Feb. 3 at an extraordinary meeting of the Japan Olympic Committee Council. He was giving his “private opinion” about the JOC’s policy to increase female members of sports organizations’ executive boards to 40 percent or more. “A meeting of an executive board that includes many women would take time,” Mori, 83, said at the online meeting, which was shown to media representatives. “Women are competitive,” he continued. “When someone raises his or her hand and speaks, they probably think they should speak, too. That is why they all end up making comments.” Mori also quoted an anonymous person as saying it may be necessary to put a cap on how long members can speak.
“It was an inappropriate remark. I apologize,” Mori said. But he said he would not be resigning from the post, saying he has a responsibility to hold a successful Games.
During an online meeting of JOC councilors Wednesday, Yoshiro Mori said women talk too much in meetings and suggested speaking time for women should be limited.