The Tokyo Public Prosecutor’s Office and Japan’s antitrust authorities are investigating apparent irregularities in the awarding of bids to organize the test events of the last Olympic Games in the Japanese capital.
Within the framework of this investigation, the authorities registered this Friday the headquarters of the largest advertising agency in Japan and which also collaborated in the organization of the Games, Dentsu, as well as that of the event producer Cerespo, reported the public network NHK.
According to leaks to the media, Dentsu and other companies would have been negotiating in advance of the concessions to determine the winners of the tenders linked to the organization of test events for the Olympic and Paralympic Games last summer.
The own organizing committee of the JJ.OO. would have been involved in the irregularities, since the winning companies would have been selected from a list drawn up by the entity.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has opened an investigation for its part to investigate the contracts.
A total of 26 tenders worth more than 500 million yen (about 3.5 million euros) are in the spotlight.
Although all were managed by the organizing committee, some projects were implemented jointly with the regional government of the capital, for which it assumed some costs.
The Japanese authorities are carrying out an exhaustive scrutiny of the past JJ.OO. Tokyo after the arrest of one of the members of the board of directors of the organizing committee of the sports event for allegedly receiving bribes.
The alleged recipient of the money and central figure in the case is Haruyuki Takahashi (78), who would have used a consultancy of his property managed by an acquaintance to receive the payments.
Takahashi remains in prison while the investigation continues, accused of having received nearly 200 million yen (1.4 million euros) from at least five companies, including several sponsors of the event, including the Kadokawa publishing house and the chain of Aoki suit stores.