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Tokyo Olympics: Composer Keigo Oyamada Quits After Interview Of Bullying Classmates Resurfaces, Says Report

Tokyo Olympics: Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada submitted his resignation from the artistic group.© AFP

Japanese musician Keigo Oyamada has submitted his resignation from the artistic group for the opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after admitting that he bullied kids with disabilities a few years in the past. This resignation follows days of controversy over his confessions in magazines revealed within the 1990s by which Oyamada boasted about bullying individuals in his childhood, reported Kyodo News. Oyamada was in command of composing a few of the music for the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Better recognized by his stage identify Cornelius, Oyamada gave these unpopular two interviews to Japanese music magazines in 1994 and 1995, by which he described inflicting horrific abuse on fellow college students in school.

Oyamada earlier took to his web site to situation an apology.

He wrote, “I am very sorry that my participation in the music production at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and Paralympic Games made many people feel very uncomfortable. I apologize from the bottom of my heart.”

“I sincerely apologize to my classmates and their parents who have been hurt by my words and actions, and I feel deep regret and responsibility for not being a good friend in school life, which is supposed to make good memories, but being in a position to hurt them,” the 52-year-old music composer added.


Tokyo 2020 has been crammed with a protracted line of controversies amid the COVID-19 pandemic scare.

On Monday, Toyota Motor Corp. additionally dealt the Olympic Games a significant blow as the corporate introduced it won’t air TV commercials associated to the Tokyo Olympics in Japan and its president won’t attend the opening ceremony later this week.

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