The Tokyo prosecutor’s office has arrested the president of an important Japanese publisher Kadokawa on suspicion of bribing a former official of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic organizing committee for a sponsorship deal.
Prosecutors say yes Tsuguhiko Kadokawa gave a total of 69 million yen, or about 480 thousand US dollars, over a period of three years until 2021 to Haruyuki Takahashi, former board member of the Games organizing committee. The money was meant to thank Takahashi for choosing the publisher as a sponsor of the Games.
On Tuesday last week (September 6), prosecutors detained two former senior Kadokawa officials on suspicion of bribery. They also issued a new arrest warrant for Takahashi on suspicion of accepting bribes. Kadokawa became the “official sponsor” of the Tokyo Olympics in 2019, publishing official programs and guides.
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa He is the son of the founder of the company. He participated in the production of many films, and received a special award from the organizers of the Japan Academy Film Award. He was also Chairman of the Board of the Japan Magazine Publishers Association. Kadokawa strongly denied the bribery allegations when searched by his company on Monday last week.
font: NHK news