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Japanese investigators break into Dentsu to expand Olympic investigation

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TOKYO (AP) – Japanese prosecutors stormed the headquarters of main promoting agency Dentsu on Friday because the investigation into corruption associated to the Tokyo Olympics widened.

Main native TV stations confirmed Tokyo ward prosecutors and Japan Truthful Commerce Fee officers coming into Dentsu’s headquarters.

Dentsu dominates occasion group, advertising and marketing and public relations in Japan. Helped get the 2020 Video games to Tokyo after which received file home sponsorships.

Haruyuki Takahashi, a former Dentsu govt, has been arrested 4 instances in current months on expenses of taking bribes from varied firms which have grow to be sponsors of the Video games.

The newest investigation revolves round bid-rigging for firms to be chosen to work on take a look at occasions, in response to Japanese media experiences. Check occasions started in 2018, spanning a number of sports activities, together with crusing and weightlifting, to organize for the Olympics. Being chosen for take a look at occasions is essential to being chosen for actual Olympic venues.

The cash exchanged for bid rigging totaled 500 million yen (US$3.6 million), involving 9 firms and one group, in response to the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper and different experiences.

Corporations concerned within the earlier sponsorship scandal embrace Aoki Holdings, a clothes firm that dressed Japan’s Olympic staff, and Solar Arrow, which produced Tokyo’s Olympic and Paralympic mascots named Miraitowa and Someity.

Takahashi, in custody since August, had an amazing affect on organizing the Olympics. The bribes he allegedly acquired whole greater than 190 million yen (US$1.4 million).

“We proceed to cooperate absolutely with this investigation,” Dentsu’s company communications workplace mentioned in a press release.

Cerespo, an occasions firm that Japanese experiences mentioned was additionally raided on suspicion of participating in bid rigging, had no fast remark.

Tokyo prosecutors don’t touch upon such every day information developments. However Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hiroshi Morimoto not too long ago instructed reporters that the investigation into the Olympics is constant.

Hypothesis has been rising that the rising scandal might tarnish Japan’s bid for the 2030 Winter Video games. The 2020 Video games have been postponed by a 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Worldwide Olympic Committee mentioned it was following Japan’s investigation, stressing that it had “each curiosity within the full clarification of this case”.

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Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter https://twitter.com/yurikageyama

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