The selection of Seiko Hashimoto as president represented an abrupt turn after the Olympic committee had apparently intended to name another man in his 80s.

Bending to intense criticism from abroad and social media activism at home, the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee on Thursday appointed Seiko Hashimoto, one of Japan’s two female cabinet ministers, to replace the previous leader, who resigned last week after making sexist remarks.

The selection of Ms. Hashimoto, 56, an Olympic medalist in speedskating, represented a stark generational and gender shift for the committee. Read More