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- Sources say the head of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee Mori Yoshiro has decided to step down after his comments about women were widely criticized. Former Prime Minister Mori said on February 3 that board meetings attended y women take too much time. He late apologized and rescinded the comment. However, the remarks drew a barrage of criticism, resulting in hundreds of volunteers for the Tokyo games quitting.
- A former chairman of Japan’s professional soccer league, Kawabuchi Saburo, will likely replace Mori Yoshiro as president of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games organizing committee.
- The World Health Organization says three types of coronavirus variant are spreading around the world, and an “escape mutation” that may make vaccines less effective against the virus has been identified.