President arrested for tax evasion as univ. mired in a breach of trust case


The chairman of the board of directors of one of the largest universities in Japan, involved in a breach of trust case with a former board member, was arrested on Monday for allegedly evading around 53 million yen ($ 468,000) income tax.

Hidetoshi Tanaka, the chairman of the board of directors of Nihon University, is suspected of underreporting income in 2018 and 2020 by excluding money from bribes. Prosecutors have not disclosed who gave him the bribes.

Hidetoshi Tanaka. (Kyodo)

Tanaka, 74, denied the allegations, with prosecutors quoting him saying, “I have not received any money.”

Investigative sources said he was suspected of receiving a large sum from former university board member Tadao Inoguchi and Masami Yabumoto, who previously ran a medical company.

Inoguchi and Yabumoto were indicted for breach of trust for causing a loss of around 420 million yen to the university as part of a project to rebuild a hospital affiliated with the educational institution.

The two admitted paying tens of millions of yen each to Tanaka for his help with the project and welcomed his re-appointment as president, the sources said.

More than 100 million yen were found at Tanaka’s home in raids related to the case.

A spokesperson for the university said he heard that Tanaka had appropriately declared taxes on his salary and income from a restaurant run by his wife.

The university said in a statement that it would cooperate fully with prosecutors.

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