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Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Tokyo prosecutors search Dentsu over alleged Olympic bid-rigging

Event organizer Cerespo also suspected in scheme over rights on test events

An investigative team from the Tokyo prosecutor's office enters Dentsu's headquarters in Tokyo in the morning on Nov. 25. (Photo by Kento Awashima)

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Tokyo prosecutors and the country's fair trade watchdog on Friday searched the head office of ad giant Dentsu and the home of a senior official at the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee over alleged bid rigging for the rights to organize test events for the 2020 games.

In the latest development in a series of scandals surrounding the massive sports event, held in 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic, searches were conducted on suspicion of unfair restraint of trade. They also covered Tokyo-based event production company Cerespo.

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