Seiko Hashimoto, president of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Organizing Committee, speaks during the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board meeting in Tokyo on Thursday. Photo: Yuichi Yamazaki/Pool via AP
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Seiko Hashimoto takes over as Tokyo Olympic president

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By STEPHEN WADE

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Fittingly, Hashimoto flanked by virile young athletes.

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Hashimoto made even more history on Thursday in Japan, where women are still rare in the boardrooms and positions of political power.

Ok..a female Olympics boss, score .... 21st century -1, Showa geezers 0.

Would be good if this was a startnof meaningful change in this place but won,t hold my breath...TIJ.

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She’s live now saying (NHK translation):Mori is a special person and was my mentor.”

Hopefully, she will have her own ideas and do what she can to salvage ‘the mess’. Good luck.

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I wish to offer Seiko Hashimoto, Tokyo Olympic President all success.

For the sake of the Country and People.

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So predictable. So disingenuous. The codgers will still be calling the shots, face saving to IOC complete. The sooner this fiasco is over, the better.

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A Japanese magazine in 2014 ran photographs of her embracing figure skater Daisuke Takahashi at a party during the Sochi Olympics, suggesting it was sexual harassment. She later apologized, and Takahashi said he did not feel harassed.

Whether Takahashi “did not feel harassed” is a moot point. He was inebriated, so he did not have the capacity to consent to Hashimoto’s advances. And Hashimoto, herself, claimed afterward that she was ashamed of her behavior.

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A plastic decision made by talking heads appointing dolls for political purposes....I see...

Well she is 200% more fitting to be head of Olympics than Mori IMO. But knowing Japan, she is simply a token that the men are reluctantly putting forward (since they unwittingly cut off their heads to spite their faces).

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Hashimoto is not without her critics. A Japanese magazine in 2014 ran photographs of her kissing figure skater Daisuke Takahashi at a party during the Sochi Olympics, suggesting it was sexual harassment, or power harassment.

Curious how well this would pass the smell test in the era of #MeToo.

And let's not forget why the position of Tokyo Olympic Committee President was vacant........

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Bad choice by her imho should have run a mile!

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Congrats. Ms. Seiko & Good Luck.

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It’ll be weird for the president not to speak during meetings!!

Only joking... those oyajis seats will be a little less comfortable now.

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And it’s sad that this will all be for nothing, as the games will almost certainly be canceled. However, nice political move Japan! All eyes on you :)

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The proof of the pudding us in the eating.

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3500 staff??? The oyaji-maru seemed doomed from the start. Science must prevail and the games cancelled so she'll be used to do that and keep the oyaji club intact

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She immediately issued the government approved statement saying, "Blah, blah, blah..."

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Great choice!

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Her decision, her career. She's old enough to know better and young enough to do it again. So who cares? Really?

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well, she was already a cabinet member... is this a step up? more high-profile I suppose, but whether or not the 5-ringed-circus happens this year... how will she stand after August I wonder.

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Good reporting!

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