Kentaro Kobayashi, creative director of Tokyo Olympics’ opening ceremony. AP
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In a new development, the creative director of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics opening ceremony has been fired over his comments made years ago on the Holocaust.
Kentaro Kobayashi's remarks in a video of a skit from 1998 emerged online overnight and triggered shock and alarm in Japan. He was dismissed a day before the Games were due to start.
It was the latest in a slew of controversies that have plagued organisers and spotlighted social issues in Japan.
Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto told reporters, "It came to light that during a past performance, (he) used language that mocked a tragic fact of history."
Hence he was relieved of his job.
The opening ceremony of the Games delayed because of the coronavirus is due to start tomorrow, on Friday. There will be no spectators for the ceremony to keep virus infections at bay.
The opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games is scheduled for Friday.
Earlier, composer Keigo Oyamada, whose music was to be played at the event, was forced to resign because he boasted that he was bullying differently-abled classmates.
The flame arrived in Japan to a scaled-down welcoming ceremony on Friday as doubts grew over whether the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will go ahead on schedule as the deadly virus causes chaos around the world.
“There was one person in the Village. That was the very first case in the Village that was reported during the screening test,” Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo organising committee, told a press conference.
The first tickets for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics went on sale on Thursday, with Japanese residents able to enter a lottery to watch the sport of their choice.
Japan is shifting to home care for most people with COVID-19 to ensure it has enough hospital beds for severe cases as infection rates in the country's capital and other regions spike to record levels, the government's spokesman said on Tuesday.
Local police said on Tuesday that Vitaly Shishov, leader of the Kiev-based Belarusian House in Ukraine, was found hanged in one of the city's parks not far from his home, police said in a statement.
"Frankly, with regard to the government, I was hoping the pace would be faster," he said after meeting President Michel Aoun, whom he said he would now see again on Thursday.