Arrested Tokyo 2020 sponsor official says he gave money to former Japanese PM Mori – Sankei

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TOKYO, Sept 1 (Reuters) – The former chairman of Tokyo Olympics sponsor Aoki Holdings (8214.T) has told prosecutors he gave 2 million yen ($14,300) in cash to the chief of the Games Organizing Committee, former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. , reported the daily Sankei.

Hironori Aoki, who was arrested last month for alleged bribery involving another Tokyo 2020 executive, told prosecutors he gave the money to Mori twice while the latter was head of the Tokyo 2020 committee. organization of Tokyo 2020, the newspaper said Thursday, citing a person familiar with the matter.

Prosecutors also arrested former Tokyo 2020 Olympics board member Haruyuki Takahashi and two other executives suspected of corruption last month. Read more

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Reuters was unable to contact Aoki for comment. The Tokyo District Attorney’s Office said it would not comment on the cases.

Mori, 85, served as prime minister for just over a year from 2000 to 2001 and led the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee from January 2014 to February 2021, when he resigned after comments that facts about women talking too much sparked an outcry.

Reuters was unable to immediately reach Mori or his legal representative for comment. Mori denied receiving the money at Sankei, the newspaper reported.

Mori, a powerful figure in Japanese sport, and Takahashi played central roles in Tokyo’s bid to win the Olympics, a campaign that began in 2011.

Reuters reported in 2020 that a nonprofit entity run by Mori was paid more than $1 million by Tokyo’s Olympic bid committee during the campaign to secure the Games. The largely unknown entity ceased all activity at the end of December 2020, it stated on its website at the time.

A member of staff at the institute told Reuters at the time that the money was used to hire a US-based consulting firm and two consultants to support the bid. Mori later said he was not directly involved in the association’s finances and was unaware of the money.

($1 = 139.4900 yen)

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Reporting by Daniel Leussink Editing by Chang-Ran Kim, Robert Birsel

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