The following is a summary of the comments by Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee chief Yoshiro Mori that sparked a sexism outcry and mounting calls for him to step down.
Mori said during a Japanese Olympic Committee meeting on Feb. 3:
-- The education ministry has been making a racket about choosing females directors, but board meetings involving many women take a long time.
-- The Japan Rugby Football Union spends twice as long in meetings as before. Women have a strong sense of rivalry. When one of them raises her hand to speak, another thinks she also has to have her say. So everyone ends up saying something.
-- Someone was saying that if we increase the number of women on the board, we need to also make sure that speaking time is restricted to some extent, or a meeting will tend to drag on and it becomes a problem.
-- We have around seven women on the 35-member board of the organizing committee, but they understand their place. They are all from sports bodies, and almost all have been on the international stage, so their remarks are to the point and extremely useful for us.
The following is a chronology of major events related to Yoshiro Mori, president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee and former Japanese prime minister, and his organization.
Sept. 7, 2013 -- Tokyo wins bid to host 2020 Summer Olympics.
Jan. 24, 2014 -- Tokyo Olympic organizing committee established, with Mori taking the helm as president.
Oct. 16, 2019 -- International Olympic Committee announces plan to relocate marathon and race walking events to Sapporo due to heat concerns.
Jan. 30, 2020 -- World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak global health emergency.
Feb. 4 -- Tokyo Olympic organizing committee sets up task force to deal with coronavirus outbreak.
March 12 -- Olympic flame-lighting ceremony held at site of ancient Olympia in Greece without spectators.
March 24 -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, IOC President Thomas Bach agree to postpone Tokyo Olympics by one year.
March 30 -- IOC, Tokyo organizers agree to hold Olympics from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021.
April 7 -- Japanese government declares state of emergency for 7 prefectures including Tokyo to stem the spread of infections and extends it nationwide to fully lift the declaration in late May.
Jan. 7, 2021 -- Japanese government declares another state of emergency for Tokyo metropolitan area following resurgence of coronavirus infections.
Feb. 3 -- Mori makes sexist remarks, saying meetings involving women tend to drag on.
Feb. 4 -- Mori apologizes and retracts his comments but says he has no intention to resign.
Feb. 4 -- IOC and International Paralympic Committee say Mori's apology closed controversy.
Feb. 9 -- IOC calls Mori's remarks "absolutely inappropriate" in another statement released following widespread criticism.
Feb. 10 -- Toyota Motor president Akio Toyoda joins other Olympics sponsors in criticizing Mori's remarks.
Feb. 11 -- Sources say Mori to step down as head of Tokyo Olympic organizing committee.