Japanese official found guilty in Tokyo Olympics bribery scandal


A Japanese official involved in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics organising committee has been found guilty of corruption charges but has avoided jail time.

The former head of consulting company Amuse, Joji Matsui, is one of several officials accused of bribery in dealings with the Tokyo Olympics linked to bid rigging charges. The charges relate to contracts to plan test events and run the tournaments during the Games.

Matsui was accused of using his company bank account to hide money transfers to Japanese Olympic and Paralympic organising committee executive Haruyuki Takahashi, who is charged with receiving bribes from five companies, estimated at nearly 200 million yen.

Presiding Judge Kenji Yasunaga said “the damage to public trust has been great” in handing down his sentence of two years prison time suspended for four years.

The ongoing Olympics bribery scandal has seen 15 people charged.