In this July 12, 2019, photo, Placido Domingo speaks during a news conference about his upcoming show "Giovanna d'Arco" in Madrid, Spain. Photo: AP file
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Domingo won't perform at Tokyo Olympics cultural events

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By Mari Yamaguchi

The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Friday opera legend Placido Domingo has said he won't perform at pre-Olympics cultural events in Japan.

The committee said in a statement that Domingo has decided not to perform at an event scheduled for April that was meant to bring together opera and traditional Japanese Kabuki theater and officials accepted his decision.

Neither Domingo nor the organizers mentioned sexual harassment allegations against him in relation to his withdrawal.

"After thoughtful consideration I have made the decision not to participate in the kabuki-Opera event due to the complexity of the project," Domingo said in a statement released through the Tokyo organizing committee.

Domingo did not give further details about the reason. He wished for the event to be successful while expressing his hope for a new opportunity in the future, according to the Tokyo organizers.

The Associated Press reported in August on extensive sexual harassment allegations against Domingo from decades ago. Multiple women accused Domingo of using his power to pressure them into sexual relationships, including at the Los Angeles Opera, where he was the longtime general director.

U.S. opera houses have canceled Domingo's appearance following the allegations.

Doming has called the allegations "deeply troubling" and "inaccurate," saying he believed all his relationships were welcomed and consensual.

The April event planned by the Tokyo organizers was to feature star Kabuki actor Ebizo Ichikawa as part of its Nippon Festival to promote Japanese culture and diversity.

The #MeToo movement has not caught on in Japan with the intensity it has in the U.S. and other Western countries, in party because victims here tend to remain silent due to widespread fears about backlash in a society where gender inequality is still evident.

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The #MeToo movement has not caught on in Japan with the intensity it has in the U.S. and other Western countries, in party because victims here tend to remain silent due to widespread fears about backlash in a society where gender inequality is still evident.

As if backlash doesn't happen in those Western countries either.

Anyhow, has it ever occurred to the writer of this article that, gasp, Japanese people may take their time in determining facts before automatically assuming guilt of harassment or rape?

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The MeToo movement in the west has turned into the court of public opinion or a kangaroo court. I am glad that this movement hasn't caught on in Japan. The movement now is more about people on the social media piling on someone regardless of evidence. Like all movements today, they start off genuine and for good reasons, but then people start abusing it for their own gains.

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You'd think that given the sexist male attitudes in Japan, particularly in business and government, that he'd feel welcome here...

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I'm still troubled by men losing their reputations, and sometimes their careers, over "allegations." Whatever happened to due process?

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Mens ought to stop forcing themselves on women, thinking a sense of entitlement of a woman body

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DIdn't even know he was planning to come and perform. Ergo, doesn't seem like much of a loss.

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The metoo movement has ruined many a reputation.

Enough is enough.

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Due Process ,should of thought of this,before lots of men let their thingy ruin their life

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