— Published 21 April 2023

Suspended sentence for the first offender

The sanctions fall, in Japan, in the case of corruption related to the Tokyo 2020 Games. They are heavy. The former president of Aoki Holdings, one of the many partners of the last summer Olympic event, was sentenced this Friday, April 21, to 30 months of suspended prison. He is the first condemned of the long serial opened last year by the Japanese justice. Without doubt not the last. Hironori Aoki (pictured above), now 84 years old, was found guilty by the Tokyo District Court of paying bribes to ensure his former company, a chain of costume stores, a place on the list of partners of the Tokyo 2020 Games. The prosecution had requested 30 months in prison. The court leaned towards clemency by pronouncing a suspended sentence. As a reminder, Hironori Aoki had been arrested last August, along with two of his former collaborators. He was suspected of having paid the equivalent of 320,000 euros in bribes to Haruyuki Takahashi, the former boss of the Dentsu group and a member of the Tokyo 2020 board of directors.