Former Tokyo 2020 board member arrested again over new corruption allegation – Nikkei

Haruyuki Takahashi, then a board member of Tokyo Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020), arrives at the Tokyo 2020 Executive Board meeting in Tokyo, Japan, March 30, 2020. REUTERS/ Issei Kato/Pool

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TOKYO, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Japanese prosecutors on Tuesday re-arrested a former Tokyo 2020 board member embroiled in a bribery scandal surrounding the Olympics, over allegations he received bribes -wine from a corporate sponsor, the Nikkei newspaper reported.

The Nikkei reported that publisher Kadokawa Corp (9468.T) paid 70 million yen ($498,000) to a company linked to then-Tokyo 2020 board member Haruyuki Takahashi, who prosecutors say , helped the company be chosen as the sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics. Read more

Prosecutors then arrested two senior Kadokawa officials for alleged corruption and raided his headquarters, news outlets reported.

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A Kadokawa official said the company was fact-checking but declined to comment further. Shares of the company were trading down 5% by early afternoon.

Takahashi is already in custody after being arrested last month on suspicion of corruption surrounding the Games. The new arrest means he faces longer detention so prosecutors can question him further. Read more

Reuters reported in 2020 that Takahashi, who was paid millions of dollars to work on Tokyo’s successful bid for the Olympics, said he played a key role in securing the backing of a former broker. in power of the Olympics who was later suspected by French prosecutors of having accepted bribes to help Japan’s bid.

Takahashi told Reuters at the time that his work included lobbying International Olympic Committee member Lamine Diack, whom he gave gifts including digital cameras and a Seiko watch. He said then there was nothing improper about the payments he received or the way he used the money.

Diack, once one of the most powerful people in athletics, was jailed in France in 2020 for corruption. He died last year at the age of 88.

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Reporting by Ju-min Park; written by Elaine Lies; Editing by Tom Hogue, Robert Birsel

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