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Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony director dismissed after Holocaust joke criticism

This undated photo released by the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, shows Kentaro Kobayashi, a key director of the Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony. ((C)Tokyo 2020 via AP)

TOKYO -- Japanese comedian Kentaro Kobayashi has been dismissed from his position as show director of the Tokyo Olympics opening ceremony, a source close to the organizing committee said on July 22, a day before the show.

    The move came after the 48-year-old came under fire on social media over a clip circulating online in which he used the Holocaust to make a joke.

    (Japanese original by Kazuhiro Tahara, Sports News Department)

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