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Log Horizon Creator Charged With Tax Evasion

Earlier today, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors and the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau charged Daisuke Umezu and his copyright management company m2ladeJAM (“Marmalade Jam”) with tax evasion and violation of corporate tax law.

Umezu, who goes by the pen name Mamare Touno, is the creator of Log Horizon and MAOYU. Current allegations state that Umezu failed to declare 120 million yen ($997,993.62 USD) in royalties from the sales of printed editions of Log Horizon and MAOYU light novels.

This failure to report allegedly occurred across a three-year period, which ended in 2014. According to the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office, Umezu owes over 30 million yen ($249,498.40, USD) in back taxes.

When asked about the matter, Umezu told NHK that “My taxes were paid, but I can’t comment.”

Log Horizon made its début in Japanese book stores in March 2011, which was quickly followed by MAOYU in May of the same year. Both titles received anime adaptations, with Log Horizon currently in its second season on NHK’s NHK Educational TV network.

Source: NHK News Web, Anime News Network

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