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Anime studio Ufotable Inc., widely known for its “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” series, and its president have been accused of evading some ¥139 million in taxes, sources said Wednesday.

The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has filed a criminal complaint with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office, accusing the company and its 50-year-old president, Hikaru Kondo, of violating the corporate and consumption tax laws, the sources said.

On its website, Ufotable offered an apology to fans and people concerned over the case. “We’re committed to complying with laws and conducting appropriate operations to create an environment to make sustainable, better works,” it said.

The company said it has already filed revised tax returns and completed payments for the years ending in August 2015, August 2017 and in August 2018.

The company is suspected of hiding ¥446 million in income and evading ¥110 million in corporate taxes and ¥29 million in consumption taxes over the three years by manipulating the books at four cafes it runs in Tokyo and Osaka, the sources said.

Cafe sales in Tokyo were put in a safe at Kondo’s home. He is believed to have asked his wife, who was in charge of accounting, to exclude some ¥100 million to ¥200 million a year from the books, the sources said.

In March last year, the tax bureau searched Kondo’s home, where some ¥300 million in cash was found in a safe.

Ufotable, established in 2000, is also known for its “Tales” and “Fate” series. It also operates cafes and restaurants in Japan and South Korea.

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