Artistic Director of Olympic opening ceremony has been fired – for joking about Holocaust in the past

On the eve of the Olympic opening ceremony the Artistic Director of the inauguration of the Tokyo Games has been fired over a joke he made in the mid-90s.

In a video which emerged over the last few hours, Kentaro Kobayashi is heard commenting about the Holocaust. The President of the Tokyo Olympics, Seiko Hashimoto said that this decision was taken because Kobayashi is heard mocking one of the most difficult events in mankind’s history. Kobayashi is a comedian, a playwright and a director.

His sacking is just one of a series of scandals and problems which have marred the Tokyo Olympics. Over the last few months, composer Hiroshi Sasaki and the head of the Organising Committee Yoshiro Mori had to resign from their respective roles because  of inappropriate behaviour in their careers.

The Olympics will start tomorrow, one year later because of the Covid-19 pandemic.  The number of cases over the last few weeks have increased in Japan and various competitions will be held without spectators, with the Japanese Government urging the public to follow everything from home.

Meanwhile, the number of people who have tested positive for Covid at the Olympic village has gone up to 87.