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Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

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TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has fired the director of the opening ceremony because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998.

Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto says opening ceremony director Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed.

He was accused of using a joke about the Holocaust in his comedy act in one of his shows. His dismissal comes the day before Friday’s opening ceremony of the pandemic-delayed Games.

A composer whose music is expected to be used at the opening ceremony was forced to resign this week because of past bullying of his classmates.

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