The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics stakeholders vowed to make this summer's games "a landmark in gender equality on and off the field of play" in a joint statement released Monday, International Women's Day.
"We resolve to make (the Tokyo Games) considered as a turning point in history when looking back many years later," organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said in a statement with the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee, the Japanese government and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
The statement noted that the Tokyo Olympics will be "the first gender-balanced games in history" with 49 percent of athletes set to be women.
At least 40.5 percent of the Tokyo Paralympic athletes will be women, it added, reiterating the stakeholders' commitment to making the games help pave the way for "a more equal and inclusive society."
Hashimoto, who replaced Yoshiro Mori as president of the organizing committee last month after his sexist remarks drew criticism, acted quickly to increase the size of its executive board and raise the percentage of women to 42.
The organizers also set up a Gender Equality Promotion Team headed by its sports director Mikako Kotani to further promote related initiatives.
"The active participation of women will lead to the creation of a prosperous, vibrant and sustainable society," said Olympic Minister Tamayo Marukawa, who assumed the role from Hashimoto.