The director of the opening ceremony resigned because of a scandal. It turned out that Kentaro Kobayashi made a joke about the Holocaust in 1998. Twenty-three years earlier, the director had performed as part of a comedy duo.
During the sketch, Kobayashi offered to “play the holocaust” and threw around paper cut-up little people that represented the victims of genocide. A recording of Kobayashi’s inappropriate performance appeared online. On Thursday, the director apologized for the joke and left his post.