TOKYO (AP) — Japanese prosecutors raided the headquarters of main promoting firm Dentsu on Friday, because the investigation into corruption associated to the Tokyo Olympics widened.
Main native TV broadcasters confirmed Tokyo District Prosecutors and Japan Truthful Commerce Fee officers getting into Dentsu headquarters.
Dentsu dominates occasion organizing, advertising and public relations in Japan. It helped land the 2020 Video games for Tokyo, after which lined up file home sponsorships.
Haruyuki Takahashi, a former govt at Dentsu, has been arrested 4 instances in current months on expenses of receiving bribes from varied firms that grew to become sponsors for the Video games.
The most recent investigation facilities round bid-rigging for locations to be picked for take a look at occasions, in keeping with Japanese media reviews. The take a look at occasions began in 2018, spanning varied sports activities together with crusing and weightlifting, to arrange for the Olympics. Being chosen for take a look at occasions is essential to being picked for precise Olympic venues.
The cash that exchanged arms for the bid-rigging totaled 500 million yen ($3.6 million), involving 9 firms and one group, in keeping with the newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun and different reviews.
The businesses concerned within the earlier sponsorship scandal embrace Aoki Holdings, a clothes firm that dressed Japan’s Olympic group, and Solar Arrow, which produced the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic mascots named Miraitowa and Someity.
Takahashi, in custody since August, had large affect over working the Olympics. The bribes he’s alleged to have taken complete greater than 190 million yen ($1.4 million).
Dentsu didn’t instantly reply to requests for remark. Cerespo, an occasion firm that Japanese reviews stated additionally was raided on suspicion of involvement in bid-rigging, didn’t have a right away remark.
Tokyo prosecutors don’t touch upon such every day information developments. However Deputy Chief Prosecutor Hiroshi Morimoto informed reporters just lately that the investigation was persevering with on the Olympics.
Hypothesis has been rising the burgeoning scandal might tarnish Japan’s bid for the 2030 Winter Video games. The 2020 Video games had been postponed for a 12 months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Worldwide Olympic Committee has stated it is watching Japan’s investigation, stressing it had “each curiosity within the full clarification of this case.”