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"Let's play in the Holocaust": The director of the opening ceremony in Tokyo was fired following an antisemitic remark - Walla! Tokyo 2020 Olympics

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A day before the official opening of the Olympics, the organizing committee announced that Kantero Kobayashi had been fired following a 1998 comedy sketch



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"Let's play in the Holocaust": The director of the opening ceremony in Tokyo was fired following an antisemitic remark

A day before the official opening of the Olympics, the organizing committee announced that Kantero Kobayashi had been fired following a 1998 comedy sketch

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A day before the official opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and when the vigilance in Tokyo was at its peak, the organizers of the Olympic Games announced the dismissal of the opening ceremony director Kantro Kobayashi after joking about the Holocaust when he participated in a TV show somewhere in 1998.

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"Use a severe historical tragedy."

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The president of the organizing committee of the Olympic Games, Seiko Hashimoto, said on the eve of the opening of the Olympic Games that Kantro Kobayashi was fired after it became clear that he used the Holocaust as part of a sketch he performed in which he tried to excite the audience when he announced "Let's play in the Holocaust."



"We discovered that Mr. Kobayashi, in a performance he presented, used a severe historical tragedy like the Holocaust to ridicule and ridicule it," Hashimoto said, not taking it lightly that it was an event from 23 years ago. "Following these statements among many involved, as well as residents of Tokyo and the rest of Japan. No one, no matter what he created, has the right to mock the victims of the Nazis."

As is known, the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games will be held tomorrow at noon (Friday, 14:00), a year late following the outbreak of the Corona virus worldwide and the postponement of the Olympic Games from the summer of 2020 to 2021.

The games this year will be held without the presence of an audience in order to prevent the peaks of morbidity in Japan from rising and reaching new heights.

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