Japan’s Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto will keep her mouth shut in upcoming discussions in preparation for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics.

“I promise to stay silent and pour drinks for my male counterparts,” she told reporters.

“It has to be a safe and secure games and that can only be achieved through the collective minds of middle-aged men.”

She said she understood the concerns about holding the games in the middle of the pandemic but told reporters powerful Japanese men had prioritised business ahead of the average citizen.

“I want to [make sure that] my whining voice isn’t heard or that my emotions don’t get in the way of business as usual,” she said.