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Hashimoto resigns from cabinet to become head of Tokyo Olympic committee

Japan's Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto, a woman who has competed in seven Olympic Games, said on Thursday she had resigned from the cabinet in preparation for becoming the next Tokyo 2020 president, after the previous chief quit due to sexist comments.
Yoshiro Mori resigned as president of the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee last week after saying women talk too much, a fresh blow to the Games, already marred by an unprecedented delay of a year due to the coronavirus pandemic and strong public opposition.
"I submitted my resignation as Olympics minister to the prime minister as I was chosen as candidate for Tokyo Olympics committee chief," Hashimoto told reporters after a meeting with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Hashimoto resigns from cabinet to become head of Tokyo Olympic committee
Seiko Hashimoto Photo: REUTERS file
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