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Tokyo Olympics Fires Ceremony Director Over 1998 Holocaust Joke

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  • Dismissal comes a day before ceremony, leaving plans in limbo
  • Prime Minister Suga set to attend event with world leaders
WATCH: The Tokyo Olympics' opening ceremony happens on Friday. Juliette Saly looks back at what it took to get the Games to the starting line.

The Tokyo Olympics faced the latest in a series of PR disasters when they were forced to fire the director of the opening ceremony a day before it takes place, after a decades-old video emerged of him joking about the Holocaust.

The scandal is the latest blow in the run-up to the games, which are taking place under unprecedented circumstances, mostly without spectators and against the wishes of much of the Japanese public as virus cases rise in the capital.