Dentsu advertising agency president admits to Japanese prosecutor’s office manipulating contracts for Tokyo Olympicsin the latest scandal to splash the sporting event held in 2021.
The president of the advertising giant, Hiroshi Igarashi, He acknowledged last Friday in a voluntary interrogation that his company was responsible for transferring contracts for the organization of test events for the Olympic Games.according to sources close to the case told Japanese agency Kyodo.
Prosecutors may file formal charges this week against Dentsu and five other companies for suspected violations of antitrust law, after receiving complaints from the Japan Fair Trade Commission.
Prosecutors have already arrested several company executives, as well as Yasuo Mori, deputy executive director of Tokyo 2020.who was arrested on suspicion of rigging the awarding of 26 bids to host championship test events, worth more than $500 million (about 3.5 million euros).
According to research sources, Mori would have coordinated with senior officials and people linked to Dentsu to develop a list of preferred companies where the bids will be assigned and that they will emerge as winners.
Mori initially denied the accusations, but later admitted his involvement after Dentsu employees testified about his collusion, according to filings with Kyodo.
The test events of the Olympic Games. Tokyo 2020 was held between 2018 and 2021, before the postponed international competition, and was intended to give organizers and sports federations the opportunity to test the operation of the events.
Today is the latest chapter in a series of scandals involving the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee. and various companies, and was found in the investigation of the alleged network of bribes to Haruyuki Takahashi, former director of the committee, for the appointment of sponsors for the event.
Large companies such as the Aoki suit store chain or the Kadokawa publishing house are involved in the plot.
Source: La Verdad
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