Toshiyuki Yoshihara Wiki – Toshiyuki Yoshihara Biography
Toshiyuki Yoshihara, accused of paying $463,000 to Haruyuki Takahashi, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for four years. That means he avoids jail time, as long as he doesn’t break the law in the next four years. Tokyo District Court Presiding Judge Yoshihisa Nakao said Yoshihara wanted Kadokawa to have an advantage by becoming a sponsor, which he believed would enhance the power of his brand. “Belief in the fairness of the Games has been damaged,” Nakao said, emphasizing that Yoshihara knew the payments were illegal and tried to disguise them as consulting fees. The punishment was suspended because Yoshihara had expressed remorse and his wife had promised to take care of him, Nakao said. Yoshihara said “Yes” once when accepting the verdict, but otherwise he said nothing and bowed repeatedly as he left the courtroom. The verdict on Yoshihara, arrested last year, was the latest in a series of bribery trials over sponsorships and product licensing for the Tokyo Games. The Kadokawa Group was chosen as sponsor and published the program and guides for the Games.
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The balloon scandal has damaged the Olympic image in Japan, affecting Sapporo’s bid to host the 2030 Winter Games. An official announcement on the bid is expected on Wednesday, after the mayor meets with Japanese Olympic Committee President Yasuhiro Yamashita, a judo gold medalist and IOC member, a Sapporo city official said. At the center of the scandal is Takahashi, a former executive at the advertising company Dentsu, who joined the organizing committee of the Tokyo Olympics in 2014 and had great influence in organizing sponsorships for the Games. Takahashi says that he is innocent. His trial has not yet begun. Fifteen people from five companies face trial in the bribery scandal. The other companies are Aoki Holdings, a clothing company that outfitted Japan’s Olympic team, Daiko Advertising Inc., Sun Arrow, which made the mascots, and ADK, an advertising company. An official at a consulting firm called Amuse received a suspended sentence in July after being found guilty of helping Takahashi receive bribes in exchange for a portion of the money.
Given the various accusations, the money that went to Takahashi amounted to about $1.3 million. At Tuesday’s trial, Yoshihara was accused of working with Tsuguhiko Kadokawa, a senior Kadokawa official, son of the founder and a major figure in Japan’s film and entertainment industry, as well as Kyoji Maniwa, another senior Kadokawa official. Maniwa, accused of depositing the money into Takahashi’s account, received a suspended sentence in June. Tsuguhiko Kadokawa also faces trial. In April, Aoki founder Hironori Aoki and two other company officials were found guilty of providing $188,000 in bribes to Takahashi and received suspended sentences. In July, former ADK chief Shinichi Ueno received a suspended sentence after being found guilty of paying $94,000 to Takahashi. Organizing committee members, as quasi-public officials, are prohibited from accepting money or property from those seeking favors. In Japan, those who receive bribes generally receive harsher verdicts than those who pay them. The Tokyo Games were postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.