— Published 10 November 2022

Haruyuki Takahashi passes the million mark

The series continues. Tokyo prosecutors presented a new indictment on Wednesday, November 9, the fourth, against Haruyuki Takahashi (pictured above), a former member of the board of directors of the organizing committee of the Tokyo 2020 Games. As with the first three indictments, the Japanese executive, former boss of the Dentsu Group, is accused of having received bribes from partners or intermediaries of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. According to the indictment, Haruyuki Takahashi would have been paid up to 54 million yen (about 370 000 dollars at the current rate) by an advertising agency – ADK Holdings – and a manufacturer of plush – Sun Arrow – having obtained the contract of sale of the mascots of the Games. The payments were made between November 2017 and January 2022. Prosecutors have also indicted several executives from both companies, including the president of Sun Arrow and the former president of ADK Holdings. At last count, Haruyuki Takahashi would have received at least 196 million yen, or more than 1.3 million dollars, from official partners of the Tokyo Games or intermediaries in marketing negotiations.