The South Korean president will not be attending the Tokyo Olympics after a Japanese diplomat mad a joke about masturbation concerning the president.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in has decided to shun the Tokyo Olympics after a senior diplomat at Japan’s embassy in Seoul described the president’s faltering attempts to improve the relationship between the two countries as “masturbating.” The Tokyo visit would have seen Moon’s first summit with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and there had been hopes that it could be a fresh start for the two rival nations.
However, the lewd comment infuriated the South Korean government, with its vice foreign minister, Choi Jong-kun, summoning Japan Ambassador Koichi Aiboshi to make a formal complaint over the weekend. “President Moon has decided not to visit Japan,” Moon’s press secretary Park Soo-hyun told a briefing, without specifically mentioning the “masturbation” comment.
I think this is a bit of a nothingburger, but I can also understand boycotting the Olympics. The president was just humiliated, and I’m sure the Japanese fans would love to pile on if he actually showed.