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Japan Olympic Committee president investigated in France for corruption over Tokyo Games bid

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This case has been part of an ongoing investigation for a few years and was surely to be coming out before 2020, no matter what.

Takeda - who just so happens to be the great grandson of Emperor Meiji (Yes) - made payment of $2 million to Black Tidings, a shadow company operating out of a vacant office in Singapore, funnily enough run by the son of the disgraced IAAF president Diack. Who apparently switched his support from Isatanbul to Tokyo on receipt of the said sum.

Takeda claimed it was all for legit services rendered - cough, cough.

IOC is a cauldron of palming and there are many sweaty little palms here.

Following this one with interest.

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Tokyo 2020 was full of falsehood and deception from the beginning.

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In 2016, French prosecutors announced an investigation into

What's up with this bizarre foreign practice of investigating and building a case before throwing the suspect into the slammer??

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Japanese officials said at the time that the payments were legitimate consultant’s fees, and a panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee said in 2016 that it found the payments to have been legitimate

What a surprise....when did a panel / internal investigation commissioned by a dodgy J Inc company / govt or semi govt body ever returned a guilty finding? Pure window dressing. Now if there is a foreign scapegoat available on the other hand.....

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This is so funny, obviously this "Star" was involved in paying $2 million to a vacant office in Singapore funnelled to the son of a disgraced former IOC official. Not suspicious at all, he is Related to the royal family and is beyond reproach. Not like they are going to detain him for "questioning" for an indeterminate time. It was only tax payer money after all.

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Let's not also forget how Zaha Hadid was treated , used as a gaijin whipping boy (or girl) only for Mitsuo Katayama to then rip off her design and claim credit, still overbudget , but hey, he is Japanese so it doesn't matter.

The Japanese government still owe the late 's Zaha Hadid's company money. They refused to pay the final amount until they were granted the rights to her design's. Blackmail.

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Nearly everything about Tokyo’s Olympic bid was fabricated lies. The budget, the venues and the facilities were all crap that were changed within six months of them being granted the games. It should be no surprise bribery was also involved. And, let’s not forget the great leader Abe stating, “Fukushima Daiichi is under control.”

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marcelitoToday  07:21 pm JST

Japanese officials said at the time that the payments were legitimate consultant’s fees, and a panel commissioned by the Japanese Olympic Committee said in 2016 that it found the payments to have been legitimate

Ha, just ha....what a bunch of clowns. See how long they last if they were thrown to the prosecutors.

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Japan did the same thing to win the vote for the '64 Olympics, using an American nisei named Fred Wada to line the pockets of delegates from South American countries. History repeats itself.

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And, let’s not forget the great leader Abe stating, “Fukushima Daiichi is under control.”

Let's not also forget how Zaha Hadid was treated , used as a gaijin whipping boy (or girl) only for Mitsuo Katayama to then rip off her design and claim credit, still overbudget , but hey, he is Japanese so it doesn't matter.

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I thought it was common sense that they won the Olympics bid with bribary and corruption? Are people seriously surprised? Don't tell me you also believe Japan wins UNESCO approvals without bribary?

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I hope this drags out for a year and a half, then with a guilty verdict, Takeda is put on Interpol's list just in time for the lighting of the torch.

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I knew it! Something seemed fishy from the start on how japan got the 2020 olympics. then again, japan has somehow gotten favor with many things over the past 20 years from their manipulative popularity. I would much rather see another country (somewhere unknown) get the opportunity to host the olympics and share their culture. time for japan to sit down somewhere and maybe contribute to non-japanese things.

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It seems that 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be called off if such bribery did happen to win the Olympic host. Is it possible? As for me, I (oppose) don't like too big Olympic games here from the beginning. Tokyo is now very crowded city and Olympics makes more. Maybe try 2040 in Hokkaido or Kyushu!

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Jimi and Exres are correct, I didn't even know that, as it was never mentioned on the local news that key detail, a Google search and I read it:https://www.dezeen.com/2016/01/14/zaha-hadid-copyright-unpaid-japanese-stadium-designs-tokyo-2020-olympics/

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Viva lost faces!

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No surprise. Nagano Games was also won by bribery. In that case, the Japanese quickly burned their financial documents before a probe could be launched.

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Probably the main reason why many of the "darker" aspects of the 2020 games is not widely investigated and reported by mainstream media is because of the role of the All Mighty Dentsu Corp.

Dentsu is one of the largest advertising co in the world. It is the official sponsor of the 2020 olympics. It has exclusive broadcast rights for all olympics until 2024. In Japan if Dentsu says jump, the media jump, because they control the networks revenue through advertising.

Dentsu has been shown to be directly connected to the Takeda / Black Tidings affair with it's subsidiary company Athlete Management Services - a go between for IAAF & Dentsu.

The former CEO of Dentsu,Tadashi Ishii who suddenly resigned in 2017 (over karoshii case) is a close friend of PM Abe. It was Dentsu who created that Abe / Mario moment in Rio.

So the chances of Takeda being "arrested" for bribery are extremely slim. The powerful machinations of Japan Inc & Associates, together with the questionable ties with IAAF / IOC guarantee this.

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i have been saying for a while now that tokyo should never have been given these Olympics and this proves it... throw Takeda in jail.

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Every single modern olympic games is bought through nefarious means. It's not a good thing but let's not pretend this is new.

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He should be taken into custody and held until he's arraigned and bound over for trial. If no charges are brought, well that's our bad. France has its own unique approach to justice. We're just following the rules.

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Consultance Fee. Just another fancy name for plain old bribery.

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Quote: "Takeda, a retired equestrian sportsman who is helping to organize Japan's hosting of the 2020 Olympic Games, was not immediately reachable for comment.The Japanese Olympic Committee said it was not immediately able to comment. Tokyo 2020, the Games' organizing body, was not available for comment."

and "The IOC was not immediately reachable for comment."

Well, right, in that case neither am I.

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No one is remotely surprised by this. Bungs aplenty.

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Sorry, basic question. What's the French connection here? Was his alleged crime committed in France?

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I remember well the bribe to SIN, was clearly one but as usual the local media did as they were told & reported minimally vague blurbs then promptly STOPPED as ordered.

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Although this article only appeared yesterday, the investigation into Takeda came about through the initial investigation into former IAAF President Diack and corruption way before 2016.

One of Diack's supposed corrupt practices involved drugs and it was through a WADA (World Anti Doping Agency) investigation that Diack and his sons name came to attention. His son is the supposed connection through which money from Takeda was funnelled, and he has been on the interpol list for years. Takedas name came into the light as a result of these investigations.

Put whatever spin you want on it - but this was going to come down sooner or later. The sticky fingers of the whole corrupt Olympic movement (not athletes - the system) have left stains everywhere, a trail better than any bread crumbs could have provided.

No - the only way this is going to disappear, is if a cover-up of the highest accord is put into place, involving all Numero Unos.

Possible.

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"It seems that 2020 Tokyo Olympics should be called off if such bribery did happen to win the Olympic host. Is it possible? As for me, I (oppose) don't like too big Olympic games here from the beginning. Tokyo is now very crowded city and Olympics makes more. Maybe try 2040 in Hokkaido or Kyushu!"

yeah I was wondering, if this was found to be true, what would that mean for the Olympics?

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Hosting the Olympics cost a lot of money, in the billions. Its a burden more than a benefit.

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