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Court finds consultant guilty of taking bribes over Tokyo Olympics

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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Matsui was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years.

Whether he did it under orders or not, he still did it.

Double standards!

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Matsui was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years.

The old white-collar crime verdict. It's a worldwide phenomenon, in case we imagine it is special to Japan. And yet, according to research from Finland, "prison sentences for financial crimes work. They reduce reoffending by nearly 50% in the three years after sentencing – a big deal given that reoffending rates are high. And they have a wider deterrent effect: prison sentences reduce the probability that a fraudster’s colleagues will commit financial crimes. When it comes to tackling tackling fraud, perhaps deterrence is our best form of attack." The bigger take-home is that fraud, financial crime, bribes, corruption etc are rife, despite the best efforts of media to paint these as one-offs.

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Yasunaga said the bribes involved, totaling about 27 million yen, were significant and “the damage to public trust has been great.”

Apparently the damage to the public weal and the treasury was not worthy of any punishment.

As has been the case for all the parade of all the Olympic perps.

That and his expression of remorse were factors in the decision on a suspended sentence, which kept him out of prison.

I wonder if that strategy would work for much more serious crimes, like filching from temple donations boxes when you are hungry or uploading a summary of a copyright protected movie.

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It’s seems that there are different standards for white collar financial crimes than for us plebs.

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'Tom 'Bach will be even more furious about this. How; this doesn’t scupper the Sapporo’s chance for Winter Olympics, it’s very important to me. My partners cousin can benefit well from that if they win and no doubt my partner mad I will also have a few drinks from it.

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Let’s be honest who seriously is shocked that the Olympics were riddled with corruption. It’s the IOC for heaven sake.

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Mori was head of it all, when will he be charged?

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God. If you really need to get involved in nasty business, at least do it for millions of US dollars, not for a few year’s worth of an average middle class salary.

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""Matsui was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years."" YUP, money talks and BS walks.

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One of several Japanese officials charged in a widespread bribery scandal involving Tokyo Olympic organizers was found guilty Tuesday but avoided jail time.

I wonder what's the difference in the treatment of these CEOs in this case and that one that got away? Were they handcuffed?

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Is there anyone involved in the Olympic bidding process that is not involved in pay offs, bribes or back handers?

It does not seem like it. Not only Japan, this is just usual Olympic way.

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Again suspended sentence and they dare to call that justice...

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before I read the article and comments, let me guess...... suspended sentence.

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Mr Kipling

Tom Bach has never taken money from fiends and thugs. He is beyond reproach and an honest, kind and generous man. My chum in Koln worked promoting the IOC and due to Tom’a kindness I stayed at a lovely hotel in Koln for a weekend with free accommodation and complimentary food and drinks the whole time at a local brewery. People who work hard and do well who are generous are not necessarily crooks

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Wonder if Mori will be running the Sapporo Olympics...seems only right since he has got away with this one Scott free and already has his bank account s set up...so corrupt it is laughable!

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 was found guilty Tuesday but avoided jail time.

So what's the point of the court system here?

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Like everyone above, I'm absolutely frustrated with no punishment for stealing thousands of dollars by white collars.

Guaranteed, if you or I went down to the convenience store or city office and stole a couple of hundred dollars, you'd be sitting in a metal cell.

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ahh a scapegoat gets a hand slap, the whole crew was in on it.

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If he was in the USA he would have been sentenced to a 3yr job in Wall St.

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I wonder what Takahashi is getting for jumping on the grenade to save all the other corrupt JOC committee members who accepted bribes and favors.

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Tom 'Bach will be even more furious about this. How; [sic] this doesn’t scupper the Sapporo’s chance for Winter Olympics, it’s very important to me.

Totally agree. Good ol’ Tom must be double-plus furious and super embarrassed at all this grifting and grafting going on under his watch.

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In some cases when businesses are found to have broken some kind of law in Japan, a suspension of business notice is given to that company, which can lead them to going out of business as cash flow is disrupted. I wonder if the companies like Dentsu involved in this bribery scandal will be subject to such a notice if found guilty. I guess that is the big "if".

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What are they even doing? It's been two years already, maybe more.

Are they going through each accused, one by one? Having the next trial only after the first is finished?

This will take decades.

Mori won't even be alive by the time they get to him.

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No bribery, on progress. It’s a world competition

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any of us minions and wed be in hostage justice until we confessed, guilty or not

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A suspended sentence?!? Who'd a thunk it?

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I never even understood what the term "suspended sentence" meant.... If no jail time, then why not, "off Scott free"?

Doublespeak?

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Scot free. Ooops

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The IOC, FIFA, and other global sport organisations with huge, non-transparent budgets and linked to television/ broadcasting and sponsorship seem very susceptible to leaders abusing their positions for monetary gains. Since 1998...and no real change.

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Time to get Bach .!.

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This suspended prison sentences look like atributed to family members, like as saying next time do it but without being noticed, meanwhile judges send to prison people fron disfuntional backgrounds for minor crimes, probably also send to prision entrepeneurs who miss to pay vat. This news is warning people that power holds only other power people, judges aren't shame of it .

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