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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Mori's sexist remarks 'major issue' for Olympics: Tokyo governor

Japanese athletes and government officials criticize ex-prime minister's words

Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike, left, and Olympic organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori. (Source photos by Reuters)

TOKYO (Reuters) -- Tokyo Gov. Yuriko Koike said on Friday the Olympic Games were facing a "major issue" after the head of the organizing committee made sexist remarks and as criticism of his comments showed no sign of abating.

Yoshiro Mori, 83, set off a firestorm on social media both at home and abroad this week with comments that women talked too much, remarks made in a meeting with the Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) that he later retracted and apologized for but refused to resign over.

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