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Japan Rearrests Two over Tax Evasion in Pork Tariffs

by 5m Editor
26 April 2012, at 7:16am

JAPAN - The Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office rearrested two men running meat import businesses on charges of evading 13.6 billion yen in tariffs on pork by fraudulently declaring import prices.

According to Daily Yomiuri Online, arrested for alleged violation of the Customs Law were Kenji Shibata, 61, and Kunihiro Dotani, 69.

Mr Shibata and Mr Dotani allegedly conspired to pad prices for frozen pork they imported from such countries as the United States and Canada in 2010 and declared the inflated import prices to Japanese customs authorities, dodging tariffs totaling 13.63 billion yen as a result.

Japanese companies that import pork at lower prices than the government-set standard of 546 yen per kilogram are required to pay countervailing tariffs equivalent to the price differences.

The amount of tariffs dodged by Shibata and Dotani is seen to be the largest among all cases involving fraudulent price declarations for pork imports, informed sources said.