Sumary of Another Scandal Hits Tokyo Olympics as Opening Ceremony Director Fired for Holocaust Joke:
- “We found out that Mr Kobayashi, in his own performance, has used a phrase ridiculing a historical tragedy”, Organising Committee President Seiko Hashimoto said while confirming that the renowned entertainer has been fired ahead of the opening ceremony.
- “We deeply apologise for causing such a development the day before the opening ceremony and for causing troubles and concerns to many involved parties as well as the people in Tokyo and the rest of the country”, Hashimoto added.
- Immediately after the news of his sacking went viral on social media, Kobayashi apologised in a statement released to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun.
- Other than some officials from the organising committee, media and invited guests, the ceremony will be held behind closed doors, with spectators not being allowed inside the Olympic Stadium.