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Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

06:01 PM | 22 Jul, 2021
Tokyo Olympics 2020 opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

The organisers of Tokyo Olympic Games 2020 have dismissed the director of the opening show, which is set to be held tomorrow (Friday), for making jokes about the Holocaust.

Kentaro Kobayashi, the former comedian, landed in hot waters after a clip of his sketch he had performed some 23 years ago in the 1990s emerge online.

Japan's Olympic chief Seiko Hashimoto said that the video ridiculed "painful facts of history".

Since the start of 2021, three officials of Tokyo 2020 have stepped down for various reasons. The dismissal of Kobayashi is the latest seen by the upcoming game.

In the controversial sketch, Kobayashi and another comedian pretend to be children's entertainers when the former turns to his colleague, referring to some paper dolls, saying they are "the ones from that time you said 'let's play the Holocaust'", according to AFP news agency.

Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga has termed the comments as "outrageous and unacceptable".

Kobayashi in his statement responding to his dismissal said, "Entertainment should not make people feel uncomfortable. I understand that my stupid choice of words at that time was wrong, and I regret it".

The opening ceremony, according to officials, will go as planned, kicking off two weeks of games.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 28 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains momentum against US dollar in the open market on February 28, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar moves up and currently hovers at 282 for buying and 282.25 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 303.1 for buying and 306.1 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 351.6 for buying, and 355.1 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.1 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.25.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 28 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 282 282.25
Euro EUR 303.1 306.1
UK Pound Sterling GBP 351.6 355.1
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.1 76.8
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.25 75.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181.1 183.1
Bahrain Dinar BHD 742.91 750.91
Canadian Dollar CAD 207.1 209.1
China Yuan CNY 38.87 39.27
Danish Krone DKK 40.61 41
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.75 36.1
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 905.46 914.46
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.5 59.1
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.05 175.05
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.41 26.71
Omani Riyal OMR 725.54 733.54
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 207.15 209.15
Swedish Korona SEK 27.04 27.34
Swiss Franc CHF 317 319.5
Thai Bhat THB 7.76 7.91

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