Seiko Hashimoto was named the head of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee on Thursday, setting the record for most participation in the Winter and Summer Olympics. Hashimoto has competed in the Winter and Thrice Summer Olympics four times and now created new history as fewer women still occupy top positions in Japan.
The 56-year-old Hashimoto was elected chairman of the organizing committee after a meeting of the male principal executive board of the Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee. He will replace 83-year-old Yoshiro Mori. Former Prime Minister Mori had to resign last week due to comments about women. Hashimoto is an Olympic minister in Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga's cabinet.
They also have a department associated with gender equality and women empowerment. He participated in three Summer Olympics (1988, 1992, and 1996) and four Winter Olympics (1984, 1988, 1992, and 1994). He won a bronze medal in speedskating in 1500 meters in 1992. This is his only medal at the Olympics. Hashimoto has a wonderful relationship with the Olympics. He was born in Hokkaido, northern Japan, five days before the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics 1964.