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The Apothecary Diaries Manga Illustrator Pleads Guilty Of Evading 47 Million Yen In Taxes

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The Apothecary Diaries manga illustrator Erika Ikeda, known by her pen name Nekokurage, admitted to charges of income tax evasion during her first trial at the Fukuoka District Court on May 31, 2024.

Ikeda is accused of evading approximately 47 million yen in taxes by not reporting her income over several years. Presiding Judge Yuko Takeda oversaw the proceedings.

I was planning to file a consolidated tax return for several years,” she stated after admitting to the charges.

In the opening statement, the prosecution pointed out that Defendant Ikeda began working as a manga artist in 2010 and was made aware of the necessity to file tax returns by an acquaintance.

Despite this, she chose to prioritize meeting her manga deadlines over fulfilling her tax obligations.

The prosecution also pointed out that Ikeda had a pattern of filing her tax returns late, combining several years’ worth into single submissions.

Statements from her editor and the original author of The Apothecary Diaries were read in court, revealing that both had urged her to address her tax responsibilities. Her editor warned that failure to comply could jeopardize her ongoing series, while the author advised her to consult a tax accountant.

According to the indictment, Ikeda earned approximately 260 million yen between 2019 and 2021. However, she failed to file her tax returns by the required deadlines, resulting in the evasion of about 47 million yen in income tax. The court was informed that Ikeda has since paid the full amount, including any applicable late fees.

Source: Livedoor News

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