The head of the Tokyo Olympics said that he would not resign his position despite pressure to do so because of comments he made about women talking too much during the meetings.
Yoshiro Mori said he has put in significant time over the last seven years and would not resign over the comments. Mori did apologize for the things he said and for any “unpleasant feelings” they caused.
“Women are very competitive,” Mori reportedly said in an online meeting. “When one of them raises her hand, they probably think they have to say something, too. And then everyone says something.”
The comments came after Mori was asked why there were so few women on the committee. “If we are going to have more women directors, someone has remarked, then meetings go on for a long time unless we restrict the comments. I’m not saying who that is,” he said.
I guess Mori violated some unspoken code about equality between the sexes with his comments, but from my experience in meetings (and I am a woman), he’s not wrong. He just said the quiet part out loud, and now the feminist are trying to make him pay.
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