Olympics-Toyota president upset by Tokyo 2020 chief Mori’s feedback By Reuters
© Reuters. Akio Toyoda, President of Toyota Motor Corporation, speaks at a press conference announcing Toyota’s plans to build a prototype city of the future on 175 acres at the base of the mountain. Fuji in Japan, during the 2020 CES in Las Vegas
TOKYO (Reuters) – The head of the world’s largest automaker and other high-profile sponsors of the Tokyo Olympics publicly criticized the head of the country’s game committee for sexist statements on Wednesday.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics President Yoshiro Mori created trouble at home and abroad last week, noting that women talk too much, making meetings drag on. He apologized but refused to step down.
“We are disappointed with recent comments from the President of TOCOG (Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games), which contradict the values that Toyota respected and supported, “said Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor (NYSE 🙂 Corp.
Toyota became an Olympic partner of the highest order because it shared the values with “the spirit of the Olympic and Paralympic Games which, through sport, aim to create a peaceful and inclusive, non-discriminatory society in which everyone can participate”.
he said in remarks read by an executive at the company’s earnings briefing.
Managing director, operating officer Jun Nagata, said the company released Toyoda’s message because it concluded it should not be silent.
Toyota, maker of the RAV4 SUV crossover and Prius Hybrid, is a global Olympic sponsor.
It was planned to use the postponed Tokyo Games to showcase its fuel cell technology by introducing 100 hydrogen fuel cell buses to transport visitors between the venues. The organizer of the games also planned to supply the Olympic flame with hydrogen.
The Tokyo Olympics, which have been delayed from last year by the coronavirus, are set to begin in July. For officials, the Mori controversy adds to a long list of hurdles the event faces.
Other Olympic sponsors have also voiced their views, including Asahi Holdings, the holding company of beer maker Asahi Breweries, which saw Mori’s comments as “disappointing and inappropriate given the spirit of gender equality represented by the Games”.
A senior executive at Eneos, Japan’s oil and metals company, said Wednesday the company had “regretted the sexist remarks from the point of view of respect for human rights.”
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