One of the creative directors of the Tokyo 2020 opening and closing ceremonies was dismissed from his role on Thursday amid criticism of past comments on the Holocaust, the organizing committee said at a press conference.

Kentaro Kobayashi, a comedian and theater director, was let go after a video emerged of him joking about the Holocaust, reportedly as part of a 1998 skit that included the phrase: "Let's play Holocaust."

The latest scandal surrounding the Games comes on the eve of the opening ceremony and two days after a musician, known in Japan as Cornelius, stepped down as composer following another controversy over an old interview in which he admitted to having bullied school classmates.