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Entrepreneur 'Prince of Green Juice' found guilty of tax evasion

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A flamboyant Japanese entrepreneur known as the "Prince of Green Juice" was found guilty on Thursday of evading about 180 million yen in taxes.

The Tokyo District Court sentenced Yuta Misaki, 30, to two years in prison, suspended for four years, and slapped a fine of 46 million yen on the beauty and diet product company he formerly headed.

Misaki, who led Media Hearts Co, earned his nickname after changing the image of aojiru, a bitter vegetable juice drink made from green-leaf plants that was traditionally part of elderly people's health regimen, and making it a fashionable drink for young women. The company has since been renamed Fabius Inc.

He frequently appeared on television and internet-streamed programs to advertise the product.

According to the ruling, Misaki hid about 510 million yen of his company's taxable income by padding advertising and other costs, and evaded a total of around 140 million yen in corporate tax in the business years through September 2015 and September 2017. He also dodged around 40 million yen in consumption tax.

Misaki admitted to the charges.

Prosecutors had demanded a two-year prison term for the accused and a fine of 55 million yen for the company.

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He deserved time behind bars, and he should have been charged with breaking the public trust, like some other guy that is in the news recently.

His looks and flamboyant nature made him a ton of money, and made him popular with the people that he targeted with his product!

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What is wrong with flamboyant looks ?

Yubaru ..White shirt, boring tie ,black pants ,black socks and boring shoes ?

Probably.

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Waaahhh! He didn't pay the gubmint its slave taxes! Throw him in jail!

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YubaruToday 07:19 am JSTHe deserved time behind bars, and he should have been charged with breaking the public trust, like some other guy that is in the news recently.

His looks and flamboyant nature made him a ton of money, and made him popular with the people that he targeted with his product!

A tax evader is breaking the law and it applies to everyone.

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Aojiru was called wheatgrass (juice) in California 30 years ago. Was that just a local thing or has anyone else heard it called that?

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So I take it going by the sentence 'rate' applied, Ghosn will be up for approx. 100 years sentence but suspended for 200 years?

How does that even work? Suspended for double the actual sentence?

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He won't see one day behind bars. This sentence is Japan INCs way of saying "stand down sheep".

He has a lot of potential to make a lot more money outside of jail and give it to the Government.

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He won't see one day behind bars.

Japan - land of under reporting income / tax evasion.

IMHO, if a celebrity like this can get off with a suspended sentence, I can only think the court is setting a fine example for all other tax evaders as well.

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