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Businessman paid $8.2 mil by Tokyo Olympics bid lobbied figure at center of French corruption probe

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I’m looking forward to learning which minister(s) end up “amakudari”-ing their way into Dentsu now...

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No surprise. They did the same thing for the Nagano Games. They couldnt be properly investigated because they had incinerated the financial documents.

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Where's this guy's chin?

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Please investigate, Abe and Aso are behind this

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Where did the money for these bribes come from?

(Invalid CSRF)

10 ( +10 / -0 )

Will be interesting to see how Japan handles the French extradition request.

Gary

12 ( +12 / -0 )

As usual double standards for Japan's elite.

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Remarkable, a news report that actually mentions Dentsu involvement in bribery and corruption. A clear indication that the journalism wasn't done by any domestic media organisation.

He said he believed Diack wanted to vote for Tokyo because of Takahashi's support for the International Association of Athletics Federations when Takahashi was a Dentsu executive.

Comedy gold. I laughed until I stopped.

BertieWoosterToday 07:16 am JST

Where did the money for these bribes come from?

Our tax money, of course.

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The man without the chin is the fall guy. It goes much higher than that, Likely all the way to the top.

That's why the Olympic circus absolutely must take place.

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At this point, I really don't give a d*mn if the Olympics are cancelled.

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Standard working procedure for the LDP and associates. That is the way it was founded. https://www.nytimes.com/1994/10/09/world/cia-spent-millions-to-support-japanese-right-in-50-s-and-60-s.html

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Japan Inc. - Rotten to the core.

We all know it, but nobody here is allowed to say it. I wonder how many media outlets, TV in particular, will run this story.

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Are these guys in jail yet, why not?

5 ( +6 / -1 )

They go after Ghosn like hounds without looking at all the bribery and corruption involving their own people! Japanese judicial system is as corrupt as Japanese companies!

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Sounds like some gold, silver and bronze medals for corruption can be awarded!

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$ 8.2 million ....wow!

he gave Diack gifts, including digital cameras and a Seiko watch.

"They're cheap," he said.

but

Banking records from the Tokyo 2020 bid committee, which were examined by Reuters, show it paid around $46,500 to Seiko Watch. A senior official at the bid told Reuters "good" watches were handed out at parties organized as part of Tokyo's campaign

$46 grand for a watch ...cheap...eyah, what a bargain.

The Tokyo bid committee also paid $1.3 million to a little-known non-profit institute run by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori,

Not for profit institute....yeah...hmm , wonder which of Mori,s relatives or buddies might be a director or a consultant to this nonprofit institute.

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utterly despicable as usual..

they need locking up!!!

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Loved the facial expression of a man who screwed up has just been busted . But he shouldn't worry too much, a few deep bows will suffice. Unless, of course, some of that money came from the wrong people. But that will never be made public, somehow.

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How is he any different from china businessmen and CCP members who do the same in Western countries? Why do you think WHO and other big organizations keep kow-towing to them?

$$$$$$

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Facta reported on this first. Thankfully there are still credible journalists operating in Japan with a conscience.

And just gotta love that $1.3mill was paid to Mori's NPO with a staff of 1.

I mean it can't get any higher than this - an ex PM, the great grandson of the Meiji emperor Takeda and one of the Biggest Advertising companies in the world and sponsor of the olympics - Dentsu.

Just give up the olympics for evermore.

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Well, colour me surprised! It's not really any surprise, either, that they cling to the same dates so strongly, and delayed postponement forever, also sacrificing the health of the nation in the process. All for some extra money.

Now, the question is, what low-level secretary is going to have to be "the one who took the notes and made the actions", because I mean, surely Mori and Abe and others had absolutely no idea what was going on.

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Facta reported on this first. Thankfully there are still credible journalists operating in Japan with a conscience.

How interesting. Facta was the same company that reported the whistleblowing incident at Olympus first too if i'm not wrong.

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"a former executive at the advertising agency Dentsu Inc" tells you there is far more to the story than appears here... Invalid CSRF

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"You don't go empty-handed. That's common sense,"

And there you have it. The Olympics in a nutshell.

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Wow, the French really have got their priorities right. Wuhan virus going around? Let's investigate Olympics corruption..

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You know Japan is guilty of corruption when the JOC 'accidentally' shredded/hid/lost/[add whatever excuse] all the financial documents just days prior to the independent investigation, and when the previous head of the JOC Takeda resigned over alleged corruption, apparently to save Japan's face/butt.

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Wow, the French really have got their priorities right. Wuhan virus going around? Let's investigate Olympics corruption..

hey, naïve, this investigation started years ago

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Remarkable, a news report that actually mentions Dentsu involvement in bribery and corruption. A clear indication that the journalism wasn't done by any domestic media organisation.

if you can read properly, the article clearly states that it was first reported by a Japanese magazine Facta. Or, did you just conveniently ignored that fact because It didn’t fit your narrative that the media is all controlled by the government?

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This is pretty shocking finding out that they bought votes. It was almost as shocking as when I realized that water was wet.

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I was opposed to allowing Japan to host the Olymics because of too much corruption. TOLD YA SO :-)

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Well there you go...Japan isn't sure pure as we've been led to believe.

Infact, it's nothing unusual in Politics, Globally, the Majority, I'd dare say, are bent - on the take in one way or another.

I'd welcome a Survey and poll upon the best Politicans ever, and the reasons why those responded thought so - that, may be an interesting and thought provoking read.

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Well feels like this Olympic was already a bad start right from the beginning. And the French are doing a 'great job' of investigating this problem right where people are dying constantly in France and around the world from the virus. Well they sure do know that nobody is going to give a care about this outcome since everyone's attention is on the virus situation. Public diversion at its best.

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The old adage goes: if it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and talks like a duck, it must be a horse. All the chicanery and debauchery involved in the network of bribes leads one to believe in what the Japanese call “bachi”. The postponed Olympics will cost it’s citizens Olympic sized losses of billions of dollars. All of the co-conspirators should be held financially accountable. Shame on them. They have reduced the Olympic flame to a flicker

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