1 Year Sought for Nihon University Ex-Chief over Tax Evasion

Society

Tokyo, March 7 (Jiji Press)--Public prosecutors on Monday sought a prison term of one year and fines of 16 million yen for former Nihon University Chairman Hidetoshi Tanaka, 75, over alleged evasion of income tax.

The suspect "notably lacked awareness on paying taxes," the prosecutors said during a hearing in Tanaka's trial at Tokyo District Court.

The defendant side sought leniency, such as a suspended term. The court is slated to issue a ruling on March 29.

In his final statement, Tanaka said, "I'm sorry for causing a scandal. I'm deeply sorry for making Nihon University students feel anxious needlessly."

According to the indictment, Tanaka concealed about 118 million yen in income in 2018 and 2020 partly by failing to declare kickbacks from business partners of the university, evading a total of 52 million yen in income tax.

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