Ex-Aoki Execs Plead Guilty to Bribery over Tokyo Olympics


Tokyo, Dec. 22 (Jiji Press)--Three former executives at Japanese apparel maker Aoki Holdings Inc. <8214> on Thursday pleaded guilty to bribery charges over last year's Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics.

In the first hearing of their trial at Tokyo District Court, the three all admitted to paying 28 million yen in bribes to Haruyuki Takahashi, a 78-year-old former executive at the Tokyo Games organizing committee.

The three are Aoki founder and former Chairman Hironori Aoki, 84, his younger brother and former vice chairman, Takahisa Aoki, 76, and former senior managing director Katsuhisa Ueda, 41.

This was the first court hearing held over the Tokyo Games bribery scandal in which 15 people have been indicted. Of them, Takahashi has been charged with receiving around 200 million yen in bribes from five companies, including Aoki.

In their opening statement, public prosecutors claimed that Yoshiro Mori, former prime minister and former president of the organizing committee, had entrusted Takahashi to find Tokyo Games sponsors as he was an executive at advertising agency Dentsu Inc., which served as an agent for the committee.

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