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Ex-Tokyo Games Exec Suspected of Giving Favors to ADK

Ex-Tokyo Games Exec Suspected of Giving Favors to ADK

   Tokyo, Sept. 17 (Jiji Press)--Haruyuki Takahashi, embattled former executive of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics organizing committee, is suspected of serving as a mediator to make major advertising agency ADK Marketing Solutions Inc. a Tokyo Games outsourcing partner, informed sources said Saturday.
   The special squad of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office suspects that Takahashi, 78, encouraged another ad agency Dentsu Inc. to choose ADK as a partner to which it outsources some sponsor-soliciting work. Takahashi used to work at Dentsu, which was the exclusive marketing agency for the Tokyo Games.
   As a result, ADK received outsourcing fees from Dentsu over a sponsorship contract signed in 2018 between the organizing committee and Park24 Co. <4666>, the operator of Times parking lots.
   But ADK appears to have done nothing for the sponsorship contract and it was actually Dentsu that negotiated with Park24 from beginning to end.
   A consulting firm whose chairman is Takahashi signed a consultancy contract on sports-related businesses with ADK around summer 2013 and received consultant fees totaling some 50 million yen from the ad agency over eight and a half years through December 2021. A source familiar with the situation said the deal was signed "with an eye toward the Tokyo Games," which were held in summer 2021 after a one-year postponement due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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