Tetsuo Taira, 56, who used to run Rising Production Co., was sentenced Monday to 30 months in prison for evading some 1.1 billion yen in corporate taxes. Taira had for the most part owned up to the charges, saying he wanted to set aside money for the future, as the entertainment world was full of uncertainties.

Prosecutors had demanded a four-year prison term, while he had sought a suspended sentence.

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