Tokyo Games scandal: Former exec allegedly bribed by Kadokawa

Japanese prosecutors suspect that former Tokyo Games organizing committee executive Takahashi Haruyuki received bribes from major publisher Kadokawa under the pretext of consulting fees.

Takahashi was served a fresh arrest warrant on Tuesday on suspicion of accepting 76 million yen, or about 530,000 dollars, in bribes from senior Kadokawa officials for enabling the publisher to be chosen as a sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

Kadokawa signed contracts with a company headed by Fukami Kazumasa, an acquaintance of Takahashi's, after the publisher was chosen as the Games' official sponsor in 2019. Fukami was arrested on suspicion of serving as an accomplice to Takahashi.

Sources say the contracts required Kadokawa to pay consulting fees to Fukami's firm for advice regarding Expo 2025 in Osaka and integrated resort projects featuring casinos.

Under the contracts, the consulting firm received payments from Kadokawa 10 times, totaling about 530,000 dollars. But prosecutors suspect Fukami's firm did not provide services commensurate with the amount that was paid.

The prosecutors allegedly suspect that Takahashi received the bribes by using the contracts as camouflage.

The sources say that Takahashi has denied the allegations.