Tokyo 2020: director of opening ceremony sacked over 1998 Holocaust joke

Head of organising committee apologises for latest scandal to hit preparations for the Olympic Games

Preparations for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics have been thrown into further turmoil after the show’s director was sacked over a joke about the Holocaust he made in the late 1990s.

Kentaro Kobayashi, a popular entertainer, was dismissed after a video clip resurfaced online of a skit in which he joked about a game he called “let’s play massacre the Jews”, prompting laughter in the audience.

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