Tokyo Games opening ceremony musician apologizes for past bullying of disabled classmates
TOKYO – Musician Keigo Oyamada, who was recently criticized online for confessing in magazine articles that he bullyed his disabled classmates, apologized on his Twitter account on July 16, saying: ” I feel a deep regret and a responsibility for not being a good friend and for being on the side that has done the wrong.
Oyamada admitted to intimidating classmates and said, “It is true that I spoke without remorse about my heartless remarks and actions against my classmates and people with disabilities in nearby schools when I was a student. ” He also expressed his wish to apologize to the classmates in person.
Regarding his position after the publication of the magazine’s articles, Oyamada explained, “I had felt guilty for a long time, but I did not explain the circumstances or apologize in my own words, which was a stupid way to try. to save mine. neck.”
Regarding the fact that he was appointed head of music at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics, Oyamada sought to understand and said: “Maybe I should have refused the request, but I witnessed the determination and anxiety among the other creators who were working hard to make the opening ceremony something good, and thought I would accept the offer if my music could help me , if only a little. ”
In response to Oyamada’s comment, the Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games indicated that there were no plans to resign or fire him, saying: “We would like him to continue to do so. preparation efforts until the end “.
(Japanese original by Takashi Narumi, Business News Department)