A panel of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee will hold another meeting on Thursday to speed up the process of picking the committee's new chief. It has decided to ask the minister for the 2020 Games, Hashimoto Seiko, to replace Mori Yoshiro.
The panel held closed-door meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday to narrow down the candidates.
If Hashimoto agrees to take the job, the committee will hold a board meeting on Thursday to appoint her as its new leader.
Mori offered to step down last week following a public backlash over remarks he made about women that were criticized as sexist.
The committee set up the eight-member panel of mostly athletes to ensure transparency in the selection process.