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A Year After the Tokyo Olympics, Bribery Allegations Have Impacted Sapporo's Winter Bid

A Year After the Tokyo Olympics, Bribery Allegations Have Impacted Sapporo's Winter Bid

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Tokyo Olympics How bribery allegations have impacted the games

 

One year since Tokyo hosted its Olympics, bribery allegations have tarnished its image, raising questions of its future Winter bid in Sapporo. Will these issues have an effect on Sapporo?

Prosecutors have arrested multiple individuals suspected of accepting bribes. These individuals include the head of a clothing retailer that manufactured Olympic uniforms and the publisher of their official program for these Games.

Organizers

As Japan prepares to host the 2030 Winter Olympic Games, a widening bribery scandal casts a cloud over their chances of hosting them. Recently, Japanese prosecutors filed charges against six companies for allegedly falsifying bids to secure sponsorship for Tokyo Olympics according to media reports.

This bribery case involves multiple companies, including a publishing house, advertising firm and doll manufacturer that produces mascots for the Tokyo Games. All were accused of paying bribes to Haruyuki Takahashi who was both board member and former executive at Dentsu, Japan's leading ad agency.

Takahashi was arrested in 2018 on charges of accepting bribes in exchange for making Daiko the exclusive marketing agency to sell Olympic and Paralympic products in Japan, according to local news outlets. A public prosecutor investigation revealed he received more than US$1.4 million from various agencies that contracted Daiko as their exclusive marketer.

Japanese authorities recently interrogated several executives from Dentsu and its subsidiaries Fuji Creative and Cerespo over allegations they used their positions on an organizing committee for test events to rig bids for those events.

Prosecutors have also interrogated Tsunekazu Takeda, former chairman of the Japanese Olympic Committee who resigned following French authorities opening an investigation into allegations of corruption.

Prosecutors continue their effort at prosecuting Haruyuki Takahashi for bribery, after his involvement with organizing committee of 2020 Olympic Games was postponed due to coronavirus pandemic in Japan. He served on Dentsu before serving on its organizing committee of Games that were ultimately cancelled after deadly coronavirus pandemic hit Japan.

Investigators have seized documents related to Takahashi, who served on the Tokyo Olympic Committee and exerted great influence over its business affairs. Furthermore, they questioned various organizers and executives from JOC as well as a consulting firm hired to aid their bid for Olympic glory.

Prosecutors allege that Takahashi used his position on the organizing committee to receive bribes from various companies, including Sun Arrow (a doll manufacturer producing Olympic and Paralympic mascots) and ADK Holdings (a Tokyo clothing maker chosen as licensed manufacturer for these games).

Sponsors

The Olympics provide fertile ground for narratives to emerge, and in Tokyo 2020 that has been particularly true. One major theme has been Japan's recovery after suffering earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima nuclear incident -- but other forces may also be at work here.

Organisers of the games have attempted to instill hope into a country deeply divided by its ongoing dispute with China, its largest trading partner. Unfortunately, it remains difficult to see how their efforts will bear fruit.

Bribery allegations are pervasive and making it harder for sponsors to gain attention. BHP Petroleum, one of the Olympic sponsors, recently reached an agreement with U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission regarding allegations it rigged government contracts; as part of this settlement agreement it also agreed to pay a civil penalty.

Dentsu, an international advertising agency, was accused of falsifying bids for testing events at the Olympics and former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Mori was interrogated about his role.

Sponsors have historically been an essential source of revenue for both the IOC and OCOGs, often using these Games to push their products or push their brands. Thus, there has always been some degree of commercialism at play within Olympic events.

Recent Olympic games have witnessed a burgeoning commercialism. Two dominant industries -- television and sports apparel manufacturers like Adidas, Nike and Under Armour -- have come to dominate the market by spending billions in advertisements and sponsorship deals at these Games.

The IOC relies heavily on sponsors to cover athlete participation fees. Their Olympic Partner program secures multitiered sponsorship deals; in 2021 alone it raised over $3 billion!

Sponsors have also strived to make their brands more inclusive of LGBTQ athletes' identities, and the number of LGBTQ Olympians has seen an upsurge according to Outsports.

As the Games near their conclusion, attention is increasingly being turned toward human rights violations between China and the U.S. Without proof that Olympic events are safe, their role in helping to restore relations will not be fulfilled; that is why everyone must closely follow them.

Athletes

Haruyuki Takahashi's allegations of bribery at the Olympic Games of Tokyo has shed a light on the role money can play in such large sporting events like the Olympics. Additionally, it has raised concern among athletes about whether or not their Games were "rigged".

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign research indicates that about one third of Japanese athletes are concerned about manipulation. An online survey was conducted using a standardised questionnaire and included questions regarding each athlete's financial situation and attitudes regarding fairness, betting and corruption within sports.

Bribery is an accepted part of Japanese society and often associated with those in positions of power, yet Takahashi's case - who allegedly accepted Y=51 million from two companies as bribes for favors or sponsorship deals - shows how this culture can be exploited to secure favorable treatment or financial gain.

Dentsu and five other Japanese advertising firms, as well as an official from Tokyo Olympic Organising Committee, are charged with bid-rigging to win contracts for Olympic pre-events or Games contracts. Executives or management-level officials at each company, along with one official from TOOC were accused of breaking antimonopoly laws by engaging in bid-rigging to win these bids.

Trials are now taking place against these officials and some have already been arrested, such as one former executive at an advertising agency who was detained last October for receiving an alleged bribe of Y=5 million from Daiko Advertising.

Former executives from Aoki Holdings and Kadokawa were arrested, the former serving as opening ceremony outfit providers to Japanese athletes during opening ceremonies for both games. Sun Arrow is currently being investigated on suspicion of bribery.

As such, the Tokyo Olympics may go down in history as a reminder of an event held amid an infectious pandemic; but they are also seen as an important test for Japan's government, who is working to restore their country's image as one of integrity.

Bribery allegations have created considerable public opposition to Sapporo's bid to host the 2030 Winter Games, as many believe they will cost time and money that could otherwise be better used elsewhere. According to one poll taken earlier this month in Sapporo, nearly 70% of residents oppose hosting Winter Games.

Media

As Japan prepares to host the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, a bribery scandal threatens to undermine their bid.

An extraordinary corruption scandal has rocked a former Tokyo Olympics organizer and corporate sponsors who allegedly paid them. This follows last year's controversial Games held amid an outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

The investigation has cast a light on the role money plays in major sports events like the Olympics and is being closely followed by Sapporo as it vies for hosting of Winter Games 2030. Furthermore, it has raised concern among members of the International Olympic Committee who will continue monitoring this case closely.

Companies working in sports must recognize the risk of corruption. When reviewing bribery allegations, companies should assess them carefully and determine their appropriate course of action based on what has been alleged against them.

Example: An overstated or broad allegation could make it harder for the company to respond appropriately and may increase time and costs associated with investigating the alleged violation.

When faced with allegations of bribery, companies should first evaluate whether the claim can be trusted before considering how best to respond - for instance contacting outside counsel as necessary and/or escalate it through audit committee or other channels as appropriate.

Companies may also look into hiring specialist consultants to implement anti-bribery policies and procedures, which is an effective way of assuring compliance with both laws and ethics commitment.

Companies must also avoid engaging in any illegal activities and should never retaliate against employees who report or defend themselves against corruption charges, lest their behavior lead them to stiffer fines or jail terms.

Media coverage of allegations of bribery claims can play an integral role in drawing attention to them, particularly where documents that support an accusation exist or provide insight into an apparent scheme for bribery exist. Therefore, companies should implement strong internal ethics policies and conduct regular ethical reviews of their staff members.

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