The show director for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which is scheduled for Friday, was fired because of a joke he made about the Holocaust in 1998. He is the fourth official to resign over offensive remarks.
- Kentaro Kobayashi, a popular entertainer, had performed a sketch in which he joked about a game he called "let's play massacre the Jews."
- A video of the skip resurfaced online.
- Kobayashi apologized, saying he was searching for "cheap laughs" early in his career.
- The Simon Wiesenthal Centre, a U.S.-based Jewish human rights organization, said, "any person, no matter how creative, does not have the right to mock the victims of the Nazi genocide."
- It is unclear how the dismissal will affect Friday's event, which only 950 people will attend due to the pandemic.