Cantarro Kobayashi mocked the Holocaust during a program in the 1990s. (Photo: Internet)
Tokyo: Kentaro Kobayashi, the director of the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 in Japan, has been fired for mocking the Holocaust in the 1990s.
The dismissal was announced this morning by Olympic 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto at a media briefing.
Seiko Hashimoto said in the announcement that Kobayashi had ridiculed the Holocaust by making humorous remarks during a program in the 1990s, which led to his dismissal.
It should be noted that the massacre of Jews by Nazi Germans in World War II is called the “Holocaust” in which an estimated 6 million Jews were killed.
Although Kentaro Kobayashi apologized for his remarks, calling them “stupid choices of words”, the international Jewish organization did not accept the apology.
Kobayashi’s appointment as head of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony was viewed with strong disapproval in international Jewish circles.
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, a global organization for Jewish rights, has warned that it will not tolerate an official at the Olympics who has ridiculed the worst tragedy in Jewish history.
Due to global Jewish protests, the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics 2020 has fired the “controversial head” of the opening ceremony so as not to offend Jews around the world.