Japan’s Osaka calls Mori’s remarks ‘ignorant’, mum on requires resignation By Reuters


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(Reuters) – Japan’s three-time Grand Slam winner Naomi Osaka on Saturday stated that sexist feedback by the top of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee had been “ignorant” however she kept away from calling on Yoshiro Mori to resign.

The 83-year-old Mori, a former Japanese prime minister, stated this week that ladies talked for too lengthy in conferences. He later retracted and apologised for the feedback he had made in a gathering with the Japan Olympic Committee however refused calls to resign.

The feedback set off a storm on social media at house and overseas, with a petition calling for motion in opposition to Mori gathering tens of 1000’s of signatures on Friday, a day after its launch by Japanese activists.

“I did take a look at the feedback. I did not suppose they had been good,” Osaka instructed a information convention in Melbourne forward of the Australian Open, which begins on Monday.

She stated she needed to listen to the reasoning behind the remarks and the attitude of these round Mori.

“I feel should you’re ready like that, you actually ought to suppose earlier than you say something. I do not know in what state of affairs he stated these issues, however I feel it is actually uninformed and a bit ignorant.”

The 23-year-old Osaka, who was born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mom and was raised in the US, is the poster woman of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, which had been delayed by a 12 months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. She plans to symbolize Japan.

The primary Asian tennis participant to be ranked world primary, Osaka has been an outspoken supporter of the Black Lives Matter motion each in Japan and the US and was hailed final 12 months for utilizing her profile to advance the trigger.

“I am a tennis participant – what an fascinating material to be thrown,” Osaka stated when requested to elaborate on Mori’s feedback. “Do I feel he ought to resign?

“I feel somebody that makes feedback like that, they should have extra data on the factor that they are speaking about. I am undecided if it is a state of affairs the place somebody ought to demand that he resigns or if it is simply one thing that individuals must make him perceive that what he stated wasn’t proper.”

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