The present director for the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony has been fired on the eve of the occasion over a decades-old skit referencing the Holocaust, within the newest blow for organisers of the pandemic-delayed Games.
Kentaro Kobayashi's feedback in a video of a comedy sketch from 1998 emerged on-line in a single day and sparked shock from some in Japan.
"It came to light that during a past performance, (he) used language that mocked a tragic fact of history," Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto instructed reporters.
"The organising committee has decided to relieve Kobayashi of his post," she added.
In an announcement, Mr Kobayashi apologised, describing the skit as containing "extremely inappropriate" strains.
"It was from a time when I was not able to get laughs the way I wanted, and I believe I was trying to grab people's attention in a shallow-minded way."
Mr Kobayashi, a widely known determine in theatre in Japan, is the most recent member of the opening ceremony workforce to depart in shame.
The artistic director for the opening and shutting ceremonies, Hiroshi Sasaki, resigned in March after a touch upon a feminine comic.
And on Monday, a composer for the ceremony stepped down following an outcry over old interviews through which he described abusing schoolmates with disabilities.
A four-minute musical piece he composed was faraway from the ceremony, however organisers left it unclear how Mr Kobayashi's firing would possibly have an effect on the occasion.
"We're still considering how to hold the opening ceremony tomorrow," Ms Hashimoto mentioned.
"I want to reach a conclusion as quickly as possible."
Details of the opening ceremony have been saved underneath wraps, and strict coronavirus guidelines imply solely round 950 folks shall be within the stands of the 68,000-capacity Olympic Stadium for the extravaganza.
Tokyo 2020 has been suffering from a collection of gaffes and missteps by Olympic officers, together with Hashimoto's predecessor Yoshiro Mori, who resigned after claiming ladies converse an excessive amount of in conferences.
primarily based on web site supplies www.rte.ie