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Tokyo Olympics bribery arrests widens to third Japan sponsor

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By YURI KAGEYAMA

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Three gold medals for dodgy.

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Dragging out a suspect’s time in detention, by adding more charges, which is common in Japan, has been widely criticized by human rights activists as “hostage justice.” 

Oh, so now that it is one of their own, it is hostage justice. But when it was Carlos Ghosn and Greg Kelly, that was just business as usual.

I hope they re-arrest him every month until all 50 companies that probably bribed him are indicted and then he is taken to court and found guilty!

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And don't forget the fourth bribery case, the toy company. Another 're-arrest' coming!

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Still haven’t heard anything recently about the taxpayers $3.7million bribe paid to offshore accounts to a Sengalese Olympic official to secure Japan’s bid.

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The arrests are also likely a setback for Japan’s ambitions in bidding for the 2030 Winter Olympics for Sapporo.

This assumes the IOC would give any importance to the arrests, seeing how it has been accused of similar problems and that it has decided to hold the games in countries with even more serious problems this may not even be a negative development for the bidding.

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Aoki, which makes cheap suits, was a surprise pick to create the team outfits. 

It certainly was. Nobody knew that a brown envelope could contain so much paper.

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The Los Angeles 1984 Olympics made a profit. Hold the games in a city where infrastructure and sports expertise already exists.

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Keep them coming!

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Rotten to the core. People need jailing over this.

The Sapporo winter Games bid is dead and buried. There is no way it can present a realistic bid with the Tokyo 2021 cesspit sill continuing.

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He’s been re-re-re-arrested!

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Still haven’t heard anything recently about the taxpayers $3.7million bribe paid to offshore accounts to a Sengalese Olympic official to secure Japan’s bid.

Nor the $1 million that went to Mori,s shell NGO that closed up immediately after receiving that payment.

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Bribery and corruption are not a crime in Japan.

That it is a nonsense? It's not. What is taken as a bribe elsewhere (i.e. you give someone something in return for a service) or corruption is taken often as "support" here.

"Corruption" is illegal here, it's just that most of the time these acts are hidden behind another word. E.g., "gratuities".

Virtually no major project here can do without what is taken as a bribe elsewhere. The bigger, the bigger the bribe. Lately, it's been disguised as companies that have only recently been established, or as a dense network of companies that are intertwined.

A public tender for a government project? You can only dream about it.

I'm surprised that anybody's surprised.

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This is only the tip of the iceberg. Japan is run on gift money and has been for centuries. The Japanese 'bushido' code of honor should be changed to 'bullshido'.

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And yet as "determined" as prosecutors are they still haven't arrested Mori!!! I guess his lame excuse that he couldn't remember about the couple of million he received was enough

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btw how is previous prime minister doing?

i mean that charismaless guy who sure knew about all of this?no word to say,no investigation-nothing?

how about Mr.Bach and his comittee-no cash or "presents" received?

all of these so called Tokyo olympics was just big business for a few and misery for rest-just in name to save japanese face on front of world?

and all funded by taxpayers money...

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The Sapporo winter Games bid is dead and buried. 

Can I have this in official writing please? While its good to see (a few of) those who acted nefariously over Tokyo be taken down, the most important thing is just for this fascination with the Olympics to stop. Enough already.

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So basically everyone getting into trouble except for Dentsu and the Olympic officials receiving the money.

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Daiko is the third company in the widening Olympic scandal, after Aoki Holdings, a clothing company that dressed the Japanese Olympic team, and major publisher Kadokawa.

> Takahashi, 78, a former executive at advertising company Dentsu, has been detained since his initial arrest on Aug. 17 on bribery suspicions from Aoki totaling 51 million yen.

So, on the Tokyo Olympic "bicycle", their arrested some of the hind wheel (Kadokawa, Aoi, Daiko)

as well as the chain (Takahashi). What about the front wheel (Dentsu)?

As other mentioned, what about those at the handlebar (Suga, Bach, Koike)?

More than a Tokyo Olympics, it was a Dentsu Olympics. Takahashi is an (ahem) "former" Dentsu executive. Do the math, coppers!

With more than 50 companies that sponsored the Tokyo Olympics, speculation is rife about a string of arrests that could continue for months.

Popcorn is ready! Bring it on! Preferably on a trickle-down basis. The longer this train wreck goes on, the higher the chances that the Sapporo-nonsense gets caught up in the investigation as well as it is the same people involved in the same shady shenanigans.

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Unfortunately, the Olympic Games are all about this now: big money above and below the table.

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Oh, so now that it is one of their own, it is hostage justice. But when it was Carlos Ghosn and Greg Kelly, that was just business as usual.

Exactly

Take Bach in for questioning while he's here and what's he doing at this state funeral anyway?

THIS!! You can't tell me that Muppet's hands are not as dirty as those arrested!

The Sapporo winter Games bid is dead and buried. 

Sigh- if only.. nope I'm afraid they'll gloss over all of this and go on with the games anyway, AND THEN when THEY are finished and only then will any investigation start into the corruption there.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Japan is run on gift money and has been for centuries. The Japanese 'bushido' code of honor should be changed to 'bullshido'.

Indeed!!

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Who urged Takahashi to become chief of Tokyo Olympic bid committee was Shinzo Abe.

Takahashi denied it at first because "I don't want to be arrested".

But, Abe answered "It's all right. I defend you surely to you will be never arrested".

Third arrest to Takahashi at the same day of illegal state funeral for Abe. 

Abe who repeated falsehood hundreds times only at the Diet told falsehood also about Olympic 2020 such as "situation is under control" about Fukushima nuclear disaster or "Reconstruction Olympic" that just delayed reconstruction actually.

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Glad to see the Japanese prosecutors hard at work.

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"Aoki the company that makes cheap suits" lol

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It is surprising what skills you can learn from working at Dentsu.

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When this news broke I said "Follow the money trail" those involved will tell on others to save their own souls!

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@Gill

"Corruption" is illegal here, it's just that most of the time these acts are hidden behind another word. E.g., "gratuities".

It is only illegal if you get caught within 3 years... Statue of limitations.

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The way to do business in Japan is clearly, by providing a Gift/Bribe.

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Mark:

Glad to see the Japanese prosecutors hard at work.

It is unusual here among JT commenters to praise Japanese prosecutores.

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