An organization that was accountable for promoting formally licensed stuffed toys of the Tokyo Olympics mascots is suspected of giving a number of million yen to a former government of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee, investigative sources mentioned Friday, in a spate of bribery scandals involving final yr’s Summer season Video games.
Prosecutors had been probing whether or not Haruyuki Takahashi had lobbied the committee to increase favor to Solar Arrow Inc. over the sale of stuffed toys for the world sports activities occasion, the sources mentioned.
The newest revelation got here after Takahashi, 78, was indicted earlier this month for receiving bribes totaling round 51 million yen ($356,000) from enterprise swimsuit retailer Aoki Holdings Inc.
Picture exhibits stuffed toys of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic video games mascots offered by Solar Arrow Inc. (Picture courtesy of the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Video games)(Kyodo)
He was additionally served with a recent arrest warrant for allegedly accepting bribes totaling 76 million yen from main publishing firm Kadokawa Corp.
Moreover, Takahashi, a former senior managing director of Japan’s largest promoting company Dentsu Inc., is below suspicion of requesting using ADK Holdings Inc. and Daiko Promoting Inc. relating to sponsor choice.
Investigators are anticipated to query these acquainted with the promoting companies’ roles as early as subsequent week.
Solar Arrow is understood for promoting stuffed toys depicting characters from Studio Ghibli’s “My Neighbor Totoro” and “Kiki’s Supply Service,” amongst others, and in addition distributed stuffed toys of the mascots from the Nagano Winter Olympics in 1998.