Aoki Holdings officials plead guilty as Tokyo 2020 corruption trials commence

The Tokyo 2020 logo is seen at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach ahead of the Olympic Games (by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Hironori Aoki, founder of Aoki Holdings, along with two other former executives today (Thursday) pleaded guilty to bribing a former member of the organising committee for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games as trials into corruption allegations concerning sponsorship deals swung into action.

Hironori Aoki, former chairman of the company; his brother and the firm’s former vice-chairman Takahisa Aoki; and Katsuhisa Ueda, an executive director, have been charged with providing a total of ¥28m (€199,320/$210,988) to Haruyuki Takahashi, who had influence over Tokyo 2020’s marketing division.

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