Tokyo Games Chief Mori Offers to Resign

Politics

Tokyo, Feb. 12 (Jiji Press)--Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee, on Friday expressed his intention to resign over his recent sexist remarks.

"My inappropriate remarks have caused great confusion," Mori, 83, told a meeting of the committee's Executive Board members, councillors and auditors.

He said he does not want to be an obstacle to preparations for the games, slated for summer.

"We need to choose a new president quickly, and the process should be transparent for the people," Toshiro Muto, director-general of the committee, told a press conference.

Fujio Mitarai, chairman and CEO of Canon Inc. <7751> and honorary president of the committee, will head a panel to select a successor to Mori.

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