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Ufotable founder Hikaru Kondo admits to evading 138 million yen in taxes

News translated into Spanish from [Anime News Network]

The founder, representative director and president of the anime studio ufotable, Hikaru Kondo, admitted the accusation of violating the Corporation Tax Law and the Consumption Tax Law by failing to pay 138 million yen (about $ 1.25 million). ) in taxes at a Tokyo District Court preliminary hearing last Friday. During the same hearing, Kondo issued an apology, admitting that he thought his tax evasion “would not bring trouble to [ufotable]”.

The prosecution said in its opening statement that ufotable and Kondo hid part of the income from different merchandise and cafes (themed cafes they have made on various occasions with the theme of Fate for the Heaven’s feel films) from the company between 2015 and 2018 in order to cushion future business declines. The study allegedly hid about 441 million yen (about $ 4 million) of revenue.

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After the formal accusation of Kondo and ufotable on July 9 (a fact that shook the internet), ufotable acknowledged the accusation of the Tokyo Prosecutor’s Office, and assured that the company had already filed a corrected tax return and had paid the corresponding amount.

Previous reports have varied slightly as to how much you owe ufotable: the July indictment declared the sum of 137 million yen (about $ 1.24 million) in taxes, while previous newspaper reports The Mainichi Shimbun In 2020 they claimed 139 million yen (about $ 1.28 million) in taxes. Both accounts differ from the 138 million yen (about $ 1.25 million) declared at the preliminary hearing on Friday, September 17.

The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper reported last year that Kondo allegedly hid around 30% of the income from some of ufotable’s anime-themed restaurants in Tokyo and kept them in a private safe at his home.

Bungeishun’s Weekly Bunshun Digital magazine reported in April 2019 that ufotable allegedly owes 400 million yen (about $ 3.57 million) in taxes, citing a source from the Tokyo Regional Tax Office. The report noted that ufotable is suspected of alleged misappropriation of funds raised in a charity auction for the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, a violation of the Penal Code that carries a possible prison term of no more than 10 years. The Tokyo Regional Tax Office conducted a search of ufotable offices in early March of that year as part of an investigation, but did not end up pressing charges.

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Kondo ended up resigning from his role as chairman of the executive committee of Machi Asobi, the Tokushima event of which ufotable was once the main organizer, in May 2019.

Kondo founded ufotable in 2000, and the studio is world renowned for its recent anime Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba and its accompanying hit film, Demon Slayer – Kimetsu no Yaiba – The Movie: Mugen Train, as well as various adaptations. to Type-Moon’s Fate franchise anime such as Fate / Zero and Fate / stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and the production of the cult films Kara no Kyoukai: The Garden of Sinners. The studio recently wrapped up the third and final film in the Fate / stay night: Heaven’s Feel anime trilogy in August.

In addition, the company sells products and items from the various animes it has produced in its history, and runs a series of coffee shops where it sells some of its products.

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