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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Meetings with women 'take so much time,' says Japan Olympics chief

Ex-PM Yoshiro Mori comments on government push for more female directors

Yoshiro Mori, former prime minister and head of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee. (Photo by Kei Higuchi)

TOKYO -- Board meetings with a lot of women "take so much time," the president of the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee said Wednesday in addressing a government initiative to increase representation of female directors.

"Women have a strong sense of competition," said Yoshiro Mori, a former prime minister, at a meeting of the Japanese Olympic Committee. "If one person raises their hand, others probably think, I need to say something too. That's why everyone speaks."

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