— Published 5 October 2022

A new head falls

The series continues. A new executive of a Japanese company partnering the Tokyo 2020 Games was indicted on Tuesday 4 October in connection with the corruption scandal linked to the last Summer Games. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, 79, son of the founder and president of a publishing company bearing his name, is accused of paying 69 million yen ($480,000) in bribes to a former Tokyo 2020 board member, Haruyuki Takahashi. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa was arrested on 14 September. In a statement released by his lawyers, the Japanese executive denied the charges, but announced his decision to resign as CEO of his publishing group. ”I have never been involved in corruption,” he said. “I want to reveal the truth during the trial and make it clear that I am innocent.” Investigators have also charged two other company executives, Toshiyuki Yoshihara, 64, an adviser to Kadokawa, and Kyoji Maniwa, 63, who is in charge of Tokyo Games-related activities. They are accused of complicity in the payment of bribes. According to the indictment, the three men paid a total of ¥69 million between September 2019 and January 2021 to a consulting firm run by Kazumasa Fukami, 73, a business partner of Haruyuki Takahashi, with whom he teamed up at Dentsu. In exchange for this money, Haruyuki Takahashi is said to have used his influence with the organising committee to have the publishing house chosen as a partner for the Tokyo Games, at a rate well below the standards set by the Japanese organisers.