Arrested ex-Tokyo Olympic exec may have been asked to favor Kadokawa Corp

Japan Today -- Sep 04

Haruyuki Takahashi, a former Tokyo Olympic organizing committee executive arrested in a bribery case involving a sponsorship contract for a clothes retailer, may also have been asked to favor publishing company Kadokawa Corp, a source familiar with the matter said Saturday.

The publishing company gave 70 million yen to an entity run by his acquaintance and prosecutors are looking into why the money was paid and whether all or part of the amount was transferred to anyone, the source said.

The sum given to the entity was described as a consulting fee after the publisher became a sponsor for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in April 2019, which enabled it to publish the Summer Games' official guidebooks and records.

According to the source, the acquaintance may have asked Takahashi to help Kadokawa be chosen as a sponsor.

Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, the publishing company's chairman, told Kyodo News in August that he did not know whether the company was being investigated by prosecutors.

Takahashi, 78, is also suspected of receiving bribes totaling around 51 million yen from the clothing retailer Aoki Holdings Inc., in exchange for preferential treatment in the process of selection as an Olympic sponsor. ...continue reading

Sep 04 (ANNnewsCH) - 東京オリンピック・パラリンピックを巡る贈収賄事件で、大会スポンサーだった出版大手「KADOKAWA」から組織委員会の元理事の知人が経営する会社に7000万円が支払われていたことが分かりました。  ...continue reading