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Former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who is president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games, shakes hands with cabin attendants of All Nippon Airways9 ANA), left, and Japan Airlines (JAL) in Tokyo on Monday. The two airlines have become Tokyo 2020 Official Partners.

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... and you could here a pin drop.

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he looks so creepy. i'm sure those FAs washed their hands a few times after this was taken.

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You could take the amount of Tax Money that Mori has squandered in his political life and pay off the National Debt.

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It's truly great to see the old bear back in action! Mr. Mori was a fine PM and will certainly bring his expertise to the Olympics in a similar fashion! Lovingly referred to here in Japan as having "the heart of a flea and the brain of a shark.

And of course, his careful way with words and sensitivity to others was well remembered as part of his legacy.

I'm looking forward to some more wise words from the auld battle-axe!

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in the long, sad list of incompetent buffoons who were/are Japanese politicians, this twit leads my list.

Its not a question of if, but when he brings shame to the nation with some boneheaded comment. Ill put my money on something to do with paralympians.

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complete the headline with ....... the titanic

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Mr Yoshiro Mori, being president of the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of Olympic and Paralympic Games ,should try his best for inclusion of SUMO in World Olympic Games.

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No idea why he was appointed as president for the olympic games

During his days as prime minister he was involved in a illegal funds scandal. Heckled a Tokyo assemblywoman about having children Slams Mao Asada's performance. Hires AKB creator to join the Olympic board Problems with IOC commitments and promises (budget and venue changes)

and probably lot more stuff we don't know about.

Not a good resume imo.

and then theres this:

http://www.japantoday.com/category/sports/view/mori-says-he-may-not-live-to-see-2020-olympics

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Mori has a dynamic and charming personality, with an eye toward the future. I'm sure he's the right man for the job.

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Its not a question of if, but when he brings shame to the nation

How about his continuing to play golf, after being informed of the Ehime Maru's sinking when he was PM?

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Deep Thoughts by Yoshiro Mori...

“I was watching thinking, 'C'mon girl, give it your best shot for us.' However, Mao, brilliantly, fell down. That girl, whenever it's really important, she falls down, doesn't she?"

"Japan's real problem is that it has no ice dancers or pairs skaters worth a damn."

"How lousy is our domestic ice dancing program? We have to rely on the Reed siblings -- who are Japanese neither by residence nor upbringing and who have zero chance of ever making the U.S. Olympic team -- to fill out our roster."

In February 2000, when asked about the Year 2000 problem in the United States, Mori quipped that "when there is a blackout, the murderers always come out. It's that type of society."

At former Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi's funeral, Mori failed to clap and bow properly before Obuchi's shrine, an important portion of a traditional Japanese funeral rite. The other world leaders present at the funeral, including former U.S. President Bill Clinton, performed the ritual correctly.

During the June 2000 election, when asked about recent newspaper reports that showed that roughly half of the voters still had not decided whom to vote for, he replied that they could "stay in bed for the day."

In October 2000, during a dialogue with British prime minister Tony Blair, Mori stated that the Japanese government had suggested in 1997 that Japanese nationals believed to be abducted by North Korea be arranged to be "found" elsewhere in order to ensure a smooth normalization of the relation between NPRK and Japan, which upset the foreign ministry and led to calls for Mori's resignation from conservative voices within the LDP.

In February 2001, the US submarine USS Greeneville accidentally hit and sunk the Japanese fishing ship Ehime Maru during an emergency surface drill on 9 February 2001, resulting in 9 dead students and teachers. Mori continued a round of golf after being told of the incident, for which he was criticized as being politically tone-deaf.

Two senior Mori appointees resigned due to fundraising scandals in August 2000. Mori's disapproval rating neared 60% following these resignations.

Towards the end of Mori's term, his approval rating dropped to single digits. In March 2001, reports surfaced that Mori had told LDP leaders of his plans to resign. Although he denied the reports, they contributed to a massive drop in Japanese stock market prices early that week. On April 6, he officially announced his intention to resign.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yoshir%C5%8D_Mori

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What can the public do about stopping the golden parachutes?

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If it's not a picture of Abe, JT is promoting some other LDPer. Bias?

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mori is the perfect example of everything thing that's wrong about j-politics & what these imbeciles get to do afterwards when in reality they should NEVER be seen in public again................

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The Tokyo (and other parts) olympics could be heading for a crash landing

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harvey pekar:

There's one you missed which may or may not have been true. I always thought it was true because it sounds so Moriesque:

One unsubstantiated story concerned the 26th G8 summit in 2000, at which upon meeting U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mori was to say "How are you". Instead, he allegedly slipped up and said "Who are you;" Clinton answered "Well, I'm Hillary Clinton's husband", to which Mori replied "Me too"

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There's one you missed which may or may not have been true. I always thought it was true because it sounds so Moriesque:

One unsubstantiated story concerned the 26th G8 summit in 2000, at which upon meeting U.S. President Bill Clinton, Mori was to say "How are you". Instead, he allegedly slipped up and said "Who are you;" Clinton answered "Well, I'm Hillary Clinton's husband", to which Mori replied "Me too"

Sounds entertaining, but it's not true: http://www.snopes.com/politics/humor/whoareyou.asp

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Something that's been bugging me for while. ANA, JAL. Which is regarded as the official Japanese airline?

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He is here to insure the money goes to the "right" people.

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Yoshiro sandwich. Tasty......not!

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Former PM Mori, wasn't he the one who referred to japanese as a "divine people"? When he held office, majority of japanese loathed him.

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strangerland:

Sounds entertaining, but it's not true

Yes, that's what I read and that's what it says in Wikipedia after that sentence.

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