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EDITORIAL: Tokyo Olympic organizers need to stop whining and face reality

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It will soon be a month and a half since the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee underwent a major overhaul, with Seiko Hashimoto as its new president and many women joining the board of directors.

But the committee is still floundering and causing problems, further deepening the public's disappointment and mistrust.

The most appalling example is its threat of legal action against the weekly Shukan Bunshun magazine over its report on the committee's plans for the Opening Ceremony.

Claiming that the publisher, Bungei Shunju, violated the Copyright Law and obstructed the committee's business by obtaining and partially leaking "secret information," the Olympic organizers are demanding that the publisher recall copies of the offending issue and also delete all online versions of the article.

It is an aberration when a public entity refuses to recognize its own failure at internal control, and tries instead to undermine the public's right to know by........

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