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SBD Global/December 3, 2013/Olympics
Tokyo Olympics Bid Chairman Inose Caught Up In Political Funds Scandal
Published December 3, 2013
AN OLYMPIC DISTRACTION: Asked why it took so long after the election to return the money, Inose said he had been preoccupied with the Olympic bid. An editorial in the conservative Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper on Nov. 25 noted, “The governor is playing a central role in preparations for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. We regret that this scandal has poured cold water on the festive mood of hosting the sports extravaganza.” Senior metropolitan government officials have also voiced concern about damage to the image of the Tokyo Olympics due to the scandal. One citizens’ group has filed charges against Inose with Tokyo prosecutors, while two box cutter blades in an envelope sent to the governor from a nationalist group were intercepted by security staff earlier this week.
(Gavin Blair is a writer in Tokyo.)