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French Olympic probe raises questions about Dentsu

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I wrote on these pages a coupla weeks ago about the phenomenal power of Dentsu.

They essentially control mainstream media by virtue of their stranglehold on advertising - the life support system of any commercial media network. And of course by connection any nummber of associated industries.

The Dentsu Olympics has been well written about. Dentsu & Abe Inc have very close ties. Best mates in fact with the "I'm sorry for causing trouble" Tadashi Ishi who resigned as boss over a karoshi (death by overwork) scandal.

And the IOC stinks with it's collusion with these corprations, whose grubby money buys everything including the souls of the puppets who put on the shows.

Dentsu has been acknowledged openly as a "Black Company", but little happens in this the land of sontaku.

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A girl killed herself because of stresses of working for Denstu. Definitely a shady company.

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Dentsu began life as the Ministry of Propaganda back during the war...

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Dentsu is known for workers commiting suiccide:

https://mainichi.jp/english/articles/20171009/p2a/00m/0na/017000c

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"Nothing happens in Japan without them. ... Nothing like it anywhere else in the world," former IOC marketing director Michael Payne said of Dentsu

YUP!

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My daughter was considering Dentsu when job hunting until she learned of their reputation.

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Touché France! I hope that leverage this investigation to get Ghosn back and speed up this merger. Viva la France!

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Many of the leading lights of Dentsu’s post war rise to prominence were former bureaucrats associated with the failed Manchuria colonisation schemes to whom the normal rules never did apply.

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This has nothing to do with Ghosen, it's been under international investigation for years. Denatu has an advertising hold over Japanese media. So don't expect anything truthful from Japanese media about any of this. They would toss 100 staff to their deaths before admitting that perhaps, maybe, it's confusing, we didn't know what our wholly owned subsidiaries were doing! But a bow should do it, perhaps some tears from a middle management type. All good. Not like they totally filled their coffee cup from the use of a wrong button?

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New Flash : if Dentsu can raise that much money from domestic sponsors, there is NOTHING that needs a $2M consulting fee for. Japan knows the ropes as far as the Olympics goes (having hosted it before). Obviously the money was to buy votes. Nobody is going to admit it, but time to use some common sense.

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 Shusakan Kannan, a spokesman for Dentsu

Is this a real person? It does not sound like a Japanese name, and it returns no hits on Google aside from this story.

I do hope Dentsu isn't assigning pseudonyms to people making official announcements in the company's name.

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Gaiatsu is the only way Japan will improve.

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Keep probing...

The tiny apartment in Singapore where the influence was peddled is worth a look!

Certainly not the face of a consulting company pulling in $2,000,000 fees.

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Dentsu = Yakuza.

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If found to have bribed or illegally influenced, there should be consequences such as Japan not getting the 2020 Olympics. That may be the only thing that would deter such activity.

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“The best prepared games in memory” is IOC speak for “wow, look at the size of the wads of cash they have slipped us!”.

The IOC has been known to be deeply corrupt for a long time, at last some countries are starting to investigate and prosecute those with their snouts in the trough.

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Nissan may have bitten off more than they can chew.

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The “best prepared games in memory” ? That’s IOC speak for hosting the Olympics in the middle of heatstroke inducing Japanese summer.

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Hello, not dentsu yet, the Japanese chairman first. Why go on any other case before settle the real problem.

because one person in Japan is never calls the shots. It’s the people behind the puppet.

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CrickyJan. 24 06:53 pm JST

This has nothing to do with Ghosen, it's been under international investigation for years. Denatu has an advertising hold over Japanese media. So don't expect anything truthful from Japanese media about any of this. They would toss 100 staff to their deaths before admitting that perhaps, maybe, it's confusing, we didn't know what our wholly owned subsidiaries were doing! But a bow should do it, perhaps some tears from a middle management type. All good. Not like they totally filled their coffee cup from the use of a wrong button?

A little late to this but gotta say - spot on, Cricky!

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Just saying the name Dentsu makes many people I know cringe. Don't know much about them but the company seems shady to the core.

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https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2019/01/23/sports/olympics/ap-oly-tokyo-2020-dentsu.html

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IMHO the Olympics location should be a specially designed cruise ship that goes into the host country's port. All Olympic competitions would be on the ship (winter Olympics could have another ship). Each Olympic country could split the cost of the cruise ship equally. The Olympic cruise ship would prevent needless taxpayer spending on a venue that will go into misuse and abandonment later.

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Hey, Dentsu is back on the crime section. What a surprise... not. I wonder what has been done since that young woman jumped to her death.

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Hello, not dentsu yet, the Japanese chairman first. Why go on any other case before settle the real problem.

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Olympics comittee made a decision based on advertisements ? What a joke is that ?

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Nooo... the Olympic committee decison-makers base their decisions on how strong a case each potential host nation presents. There is a lot of "stiff" competition. So the Olympic committee dutifully "pounds the pavement" to make sure they tour all sites. For such an international "orgasnization", they most uphold fairness. Not going through proper procedures would be a "blow" to their "job" as representatives of the Olympic spirit. They are of course looking for a happy ending.

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French Olympic probe?

Sounds painfully exciting.

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My, my, my... France seems to be a little hot-under-the-collar these days. First, the push to finalize the Renault takeover. Then the egg-on-face suspicions of the Japan 2020 bid. I have no clue why relations have soured. No clue at all. Anyways, I will ponder it over my bowl of Nissin cup noodles.

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This is very likely a Ghosn related "tit for tat".

Gloves are off. There are scoundrels at all levels.

Expect a bail deal soon.

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