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A bribery probe of Olympic proportions in Japan ensnares household brands

Officers of the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office enter to search the headquarters of publisher Kadokawa Corp in Tokyo, Japan on Sept 6, 2022. PHOTO: REUTERS
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TOKYO – While Japan hopes to win a bid to host the Winter Olympics in Sapporo in 2030, it is under pressure to clean up its act after a ballooning graft probe into the Tokyo 2020 Games ensnared some of its biggest brands.

The Japan Olympic Committee (JOC) said it will, from November, set up a panel consisting of sport governing bodies, lawyers, accountants and municipal officials to discuss how to stop bribery within its highest ranks.

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