Tokyo 2020 chief visits LGBTQ centre to emphasise diversity

by Reuters
Tuesday, 27 April 2021 09:51 GMT

Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto bumps elbows with Head of Pride House Tokyo Legacy, Gon Matsunaka, in Tokyo, Japan April 27, 2021. Eugene Hoshiko/Pool via REUTERS

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Tokyo 2020 chief Seiko Hashimoto visits Japan's first permanent LGBTQ centre on Tuesday to emphasise diversity

TOKYO, April 27 (Reuters) - Tokyo 2020 President Seiko Hashimoto visited Japan's first permanent LGBTQ centre on Tuesday and emphasised Tokyo Olympic organisers' commitment to facilitating the public's understanding of issues surrounding sexual minorities.

Her visit to Pride House Tokyo Legacy, Japan's first permanent centre for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people, follows a series of gaffes by organising committee officials that raised doubts about their commitment to diversity and inclusion.

"As the organising committee is gearing up to welcome athletes from all over the world, we would like to deepen our understanding and firmly tackle the issue of unity in diversity," Hashimoto told centre members.

The former Tokyo 2020 president, ex-prime minister Yoshiro Mori, stepped down in February after making sexist comments, while Tokyo Olympics creative head Hiroshi Sasaki resigned in March after making a derogatory comment about a popular Japanese female entertainer.

"We need to take action now so that we can look back later and say the 2020 Tokyo Games were a turning point when it comes to diversity and understanding LGBTQ issues," Hashimoto said.

The delayed Olympics are scheduled to open on July 23.

(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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