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Activists call for more reform by Tokyo Olympics organizers

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> Chico3Feb. 12  03:14 pm JST

I'm puzzled as to the meaning of that sign. Wipeout Sexism or Wipeout Sexist?

I believe if you asked him, the answer would be....

"Yes."

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Another Japanese men's suffering from foot in mouth disease, go figure, will not be the last

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Alan HarrisonFeb. 12  11:30 pm JST

I think that sexism is being embellished, in order to remove these dinosaurs, because people in Japan are desperate for change and reform.

Desperate for change and reform? You wrote that as a declarative statement of fact. Do you have any information to back that up? Otherwise, it's simply your opinion.

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Activists are trying hard to make this into a bigger problem and the Olympics are perfect for that.

I think that sexism is being embellished, in order to remove these dinosaurs, because people in Japan are desperate for change and reform. Japan is clapped out, declining in every way. The Olympics have not even happened yet but it seems to be one disaster after another. Japan has had it's day along with the Tokyo Olympics, but with proper reform, Japan will always do well in Division 2.

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Save lives, no Olympics.

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What's a sexsist?

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Sexsister or Exorcist or whatever

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Couldn't they have a them kind of person, you know non gender or something, would have appeased everyone

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Japan and reforms are not words that sound really good together.

I highly doubt anything will truly change,all this cover from the media is just because Japan was ashamed under the world public opinion but after the Olympics are over the old Oyaji at the corporations will keep ruling with their fist.

Realistically and unfortunately.

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"Wipe out Sexsist!" OK.... I want to join her: "Dyslecicst of world untie!"

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since sexist remarks of Mori, Japanese who still justified and defended him are not a few.

They don't apology, learn nothing and stay same place.

Kawabuchi has professed subscriber of far-right magazine, he is also one of Japanese revisionists who deny fact of war crime of Japan, and has often done hate comments through own account.

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Activists are trying hard to make this into a bigger problem and the Olympics are perfect for that.

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The reason why sexism won't go away if we keep old dinosaurs in position is that these dinosaurs have benefitted from a highly sexist society.

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Poor guy. Now he has to go home and listen to his female relatives nag him. And we know they won't stop talking for a long time.

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Learn to spell.

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For crying out loud just get rid of all the old gits in politics! By that time in life and their careers they're just totally looking out for themselves and their buddies interests. They don't even care if they get caught!

I really don't think these people comprehend

1) Why it's wrong to generalize that women talk too much

2) Why it's wrong to nominate your even older drinking buddy as your replacement

3) Why it's wrong to wanting to stay on as an honorary advisor, collecting taxpayer's money

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@Steven Asai

Ahhh, it's a tough life being a man isn't it!? Needing more money just to fill our oversized bellies. No good shops to go to to look at man stuff... what a horrible injustice! If only women would just understand how good they have it.

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If I look around, I can’t see such a big male dominance in most fields. Salaries are also widely leveled to an equal nothing, so that it’s irrelevant if you get some coins more than a woman because you have to eat more instead, for example. You can see women in all professional areas, also as truck drivers or JSDF personnel, even some on construction sites and so on. And if you walk around in your city you will see only women , in cafeterias, shops, department stores and much more, but you won’t find a single store that would be interesting for men to walk in and shop with pleasure and is filled with a majority of men, not even one. Every bet... Or switch on the TV, only romantic dramas and dancing boy groups. You can surely easily continue and complete the list of what I am telling. That’s why I think, that this discussion is simply a fake and a media bubble. Only in political fields or in some top positions you may find some more men than women, that’s true, but obviously the very last resort they have left.

I was in the bank the other day and there were a few dozen women working and perhaps 5 men, but it was clear who the bosses were. Its not that fields are dominated by men, but men seem to be the ones that either manage or own these businesses, getting the big paychecks, behind the scenes. You see this in schools too. Men dominate admin positions or serving on boards. You might only see women in cafeterias, shops, cafe's etc, but if you wait long enough, you'll eventually see a man come in too see how his business is doing.

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Call as loud as you want. It's just 21st century here in Japan. That means oyaji in senior and leading roles, marginal percentage of women in leading positions, hanko and fax machines

Let's hold a meeting and later conference if year 2158 would be doable as a goal for this.

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I think it's good to see Japanese people finally standing up for something. Hopefully we'll see more of it.

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For crying out loud just get rid of all the old gits in politics! By that time in life and their careers they're just totally looking out for themselves and their buddies interests. They don't even care if they get caught!

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"Pride House Tokyo -- a community hub for LGBTQ people officially recognized as part of the Olympic program -- published an open letter this week calling for organizers to take concrete steps to ensure discriminatory comments do not occur again."

And vice versa. The LGBTQ community says a lot of discriminatory comments about the Christian community as well. I really think that LGBTQ community should be just treated like a religion. Different religious people do not force their religious views on others and just go to their churches and assemblies to be with their like-minded individuals. The LGBTQ community should do the same because there are a lot of deep-seated morals and values that many do not agree with.

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I'm not an English expert but that spelling looks a bit Engrish to me.

Give him a pass. That word is obviously not in their vocabulary, in English or Japanese.

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If I look around, I can’t see such a big male dominance in most fields. Salaries are also widely leveled to an equal nothing, so that it’s irrelevant if you get some coins more than a woman because you have to eat more instead, for example. You can see women in all professional areas, also as truck drivers or JSDF personnel, even some on construction sites and so on. And if you walk around in your city you will see only women , in cafeterias, shops, department stores and much more, but you won’t find a single store that would be interesting for men to walk in and shop with pleasure and is filled with a majority of men, not even one. Every bet... Or switch on the TV, only romantic dramas and dancing boy groups. You can surely easily continue and complete the list of what I am telling. That’s why I think, that this discussion is simply a fake and a media bubble. Only in political fields or in some top positions you may find some more men than women, that’s true, but obviously the very last resort they have left.

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It's almost comical that Seiko Hashimoto wasn't immediately offered the job. She's the OLYMPICS MINISTER, and has represented Japan at BOTH SUMMER AND WINTER OLYMPICS. How qualified does she have to be?

Hats off to Kawabuchi for reading the air and turning it down - this is not the time for yet another old man who would be retired if he did any other job that politician.

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It would be an even bigger joke for Mori to appoint his successor and stay on as an advisor. In terms of the country's mood, this is "KY" on steroids.

Regardless of who it is, I would say it is pretty stupid for a preparatory committee that's run for six years to have an imposing leader parachuted in from outside at the last minute.

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I'm puzzled as to the meaning of that sign. *Wipeout Sexism* or *Wipeout Sexist*?

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When people, all over the world, and in the future, think of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, they will think of a failed culture! But not just in Japan ....................but throughout the whole modern world!!!!

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Why is he holding something written in English ?

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At least Kawabuchi can read the room better than Mori could.

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hello activists,there will be no olympics in Tokyo this year.

your "efforts" are than completely pointless.

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Saburo Kawabuchi, 84, had been expected to take over as head of the Games, with 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori to resign after his claims that women talk too much in meetings sparked a groundswell of condemnation. However, media reported Friday afternoon that Kawabuchi had decided not to take the job."

If true , than this is a positive, replacing one 80 plus Showa geezer with another one would not be the smartest move to say the least. Get someone younger in the job..and if they managed to find a woman qualified for the job , that would really send a mesage out there.

"They think it's a game where they just invite another friend of theirs to take leadership, without giving other people -- especially younger people -- a chance,"

Spot on.

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I'm not an English expert but that spelling looks a bit Engrish to me.

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Mori was able to raise both middle fingers to everyone, by naming his successor who's older than him. And he remains honorary chairman.Even the prime minister had no say,because he apparently wanted a woman.

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You know Japan's policy.

If it's broke...........don't talk about it. Just replace it with the same thing and move on without improvements.

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