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>> The head of Japan's Olympic Committee is under investigation by French authorities, who suspect he may have paid bribes to secure his country's hosting of the 2020 games. A judicial source in France told Reuters that Tsunekazu Takeda was indicted last month for corruption. Takeda denies it. A former Olympic athlete himself, he said in Tokyo that no improper actions have taken place in connection with Japan's bid.
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He also said that he had not been indicted by French authorities. French law has two levels of indictment. The base level means he's a suspect, but a full indictment only comes if it turns into a court case. The International Olympic Committee says it's in close contact with French authorities and added its ethics committee has opened a case file and would meet later on Friday.
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This case is tied to an investigation that started in 2016. When French prosecutors announced that they were looking into more than $2 million worth of payments made by the Japanese bidding committee to a Singapore consultancy firm Black Tidings. In 2017, Takeda and others were voluntarily questioned by Japanese prosecutors at the request of French authorities.
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Wrongdoing was denied by the whole group. He has been president of the Japanese Olympic Committee for 17 years.