Hakuhodo executives were also involved in coordinating the rigging of an Olympic bid, 4 other companies found: Tokyo Shimbun TOKYO Web

The building where Hakuhodo headquarters will be located: November 2022, Minato Ward, Tokyo

The Special Investigation Department of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office has arrested Yasuo Mori, 55, former deputy director of the Games Organizing Committee, and former executives of Dentsu Inc., the largest advertising company. In addition, four people from four companies, from including executives from Hakuhodo, the second largest advertising company in the advertising industry, also decided that they were involved in order coordination, according to an interview with a person concerned on the 14th. We will investigate assuming the person in charge of a large advertising company is involved. It was also revealed that there is a suspicion that adjustments are made through interviews even within the secretariat of the organizing committee.

The four companies are Hakuhodo, advertising companies ADK Holdings (HD) and Tokyu Agency, and event production company Same Two, according to people familiar with the matter. Both were robbed in November last year. The special investigation unit investigates the person in charge of each company while at home on suspicion of violating the Antimonopoly Act (unfair trade restrictions), and considers whether to file a case. ADKHD has voluntarily reported offenses to the Fair Trade Commission based on the same law’s surcharge exemption system, and there is a possibility that no charges will be filed.

Mori and his colleagues exchanged emails with companies to confirm their intentions to apply, and are said to have held interviews at the secretariat of the organizing committee.



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