TOKYO (AP) — Former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, who resigned last month as president of the Tokyo Olympic organising committee over comments criticised as sexist, made another remark that’s getting slammed as disrespectful to women.
Mori, speaking on Friday at a party for a politician at a Tokyo hotel, referred to the politician’s aide as “way too old to be called a woman”.
He called her obachan, which means “old mama” in Japanese, and told the audience she was “astonishing”.
His remark was trending on Japanese online news and social media, with some expressing outrage yesterday.
“He is incurable,” Tokyo Shimbun reporter Isoko Mochizuki lamented on Twitter. “He has made yet another remark discriminatory toward women.”
Others said Mori had not repented and one said sarcastically he deserved a gold medal for sexism.
Mori stepped down in February after a fury of criticism over his widely reported remarks at a Japan Olympic Committee meeting that women “talk too much”.