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On the recently-reported deeply offensive remarks by an individual associated with the Tokyo2020 Games about the Holocaust
(Statement by Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu)

July 22, 2021

It has come to light that Mr Kobayashi Kentaro, an individual associated with the Tokyo2020 Games, remarked mockingly in the past on the Holocaust.

The tragedy of the Holocaust was an unprecedented atrocity in human history. Remarks made by Mr Kobayashi, regardless of their context or situation, are deeply offensive and unacceptable. Such remarks also go completely against the value of unity that the Olympic and Paralympic Games strive for, and against our goal of realizing a society where everyone can live in harmony.

Ms Hashimoto Seiko, President of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has announced in the morning of 22nd that the Committee immediately fired him, and has offered deepest apologies on the Committee's behalf. The Government of Japan, for its part, will continue to do everything in its power to ensure that the Tokyo 2020 Games will truly represent the Olympic and Paralympic spirit.

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