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Sport Japanese institute paid $1.3 million by Tokyo Olympic bid committee shuts operations: website

08:55  26 january  2021
08:55  26 january  2021 Source:   reuters.com

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The Tokyo bid committee also paid $ 1 . 3 million to a little-known non-profit institute run by former Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, a powerful The International Olympic Committee said it would not have been made aware of payments between private parties or gifts given to IOC members.

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By Ami Miyazaki

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TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese non-profit sports institute paid $1.3 million by the Tokyo Olympic bid committee during a campaign to secure the 2020 Games shut down all its activities at the end of December, according to a notice on its website.

The Jigoro Kano Memorial International Sport Institute, established in 2009 and run by former Japanese prime minister Yoshiro Mori, did not provide a reason for ceasing activities on its website.

Reuters was not immediately able to reach a representative of the non-profit by telephone or email.

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The Tokyo bid committee also paid ¥140 million ($ 1 . 3 million ) to a little-known non-profit institute run by former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori, a powerful Nobumoto Higuchi, secretary general of the bid committee , said Takahashi earned commissions on the corporate sponsorships he collected for

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Mori did not respond to a Reuters request for comment when contacted by email through the Tokyo organising committee.

The Tokyo metropolitan government, which has a seat on the institute's board, said it had not been notified of the non-profit's closure nor any changes in the group's activities.

The Tokyo bid committee paid the institute $1.3 million between 2012 and 2014, when Tokyo was lobbying to win the 2020 Games, Reuters reported last year.

A staff member at the institute told Reuters last year the money was used to hire a U.S.-based consulting firm and two individual consultants to support the Tokyo 2020 bid.

Mori, a powerful figure in Japanese sports who now heads the Tokyo Olympics organising committee, said in November he was not directly involved in the non-profit's finances and said he did not know about the money the institute received from the bid.

"It's true that I am the president of that organisation, but I wasn't directly involved in the handling of the finances," Mori said during a news conference last year.

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(Reporting by Ami Miyazaki and Mari Saito; Editing by Michael Perry)

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