The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee fired the director of Thursday’s opening ceremony for a Holocaust joke he made during a 1998 comedy show.
Organizing Committee Chairman Seiko Hashimoto said the director of the opening ceremony, Kentaro Kobayashi, had been released. He was accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in his comedic act, including the phrase “Let’s play the Holocaust,” in one of his shows.
His dismissal comes a day before the opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed games.
Earlier this week, a composer whose music is expected to be used at the opening ceremony was forced to resign over past harassment of his classmates, which he boasted about in magazine interviews.