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Japan must use Mori's resignation to change outdated thinking

Gender equality and diverse opinions should be embraced

Yoshiro Mori announces his resignation as Japan's Olympics chief after coming under fire for making sexist comments about women, in Tokyo on Feb. 12.     © Reuters

Japan's Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori has resigned after coming under fierce criticism for insensitive comments, such as his remark that meetings with many women take longer.

Gender equality and fighting discrimination are principles of the Olympic Charter, as well as goals shared by people around the world. Mori's resignation as president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games is appropriate in light of his comments.

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