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Olympic chief sexism row mirrors Japan's 'village politics'

LDP's antiquated hierarchy cannot shelter former PM out of sync with the times

Yoshiro Mori, an influential former prime minister, remains a difficult figure to challenge in Japan's party politics.

TOKYO -- The furor inside and outside Japan over sexist comments by Tokyo Olympics chief Yoshiro Mori has persisted to the surprise of those who are accustomed to wheeling and dealing in the insular world of Japanese politics.

Mori and those around him no doubt thought he could ride out the storm by withdrawing the comments and apologizing. And that may well have been true years ago.

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