A woman is now the president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee. This comes a week after Yoshiro Mori, a former Japanese Prime Minister, was forced to resign after he made sexist comments about women.
Seiko Hashimoto was named president after a meeting of its executive board, which is 80 per cent male.
Hashimoto has appeared in seven Olympics, four in the Winter Games and three in the Summer Games.
“Now I’m here to return what I owe as an athlete and to return back what I received,” Hashimoto told the board, according to an interpreter.
She had been serving as the Olympic minister in the cabinet of Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga. She also held a portfolio dealing with gender equality and women’s empowerment. She said she would be replaced as Olympic minister by Tamayo Marukawa.
In her new role, Hashimoto says she’ll be working to create gender equality.
“Of course, it is very important what Tokyo 2020 as an organising committee does about gender equality,” she said “I think it will be important for Tokyo 2020 to practice equality.”