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Asahi Shimbun vs Yomiuri Giants: neither side showing signs of backing down

by on Mar.31, 2012 @ 7:40 am, under NPB

The Yomiuri Giants informed the media last Saturday (March 24) that they sat down with an Asahi Shimbun reporter on Friday and Saturday to discuss an issue surrounding their tax reports from March 2003 and March 2004.  Their conversation led them to believe that they were being suspected of incorrectly filing their tax reports and being told by the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau to make the appropriate changes.

Asahi Shimbun then published an article last Sunday morning (March 25) about the Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau informing the Yomiuri Giants they needed to make changes to their filings because of accounting errors.  The Giants fired off another set of questions to Asahi Shimbun later in the day in response to this article and essentially said that the report was untrue and that they voluntarily made adjustments to their reports, which the Taxation Bureau accepted.

On Thursday (March 29), Asahi Shimbun published three articles which prompted the Yomiuri Giants to once again submit questions to the paper.

Asahi Shimbun submitted a response to the Yomiuri Giants on Friday (seems like it may have been a general response to all their questions) that once again stated their articles were based on information obtained from investigations they conducted and a number of sources.

And perhaps in a bit of irony, a report on Friday broke that Asahi Shimbun failed to declare 250M yen in revenue over a five year period, ending on March 31, 2011.

NOTE: I am trying to cover this the best I can, but with so many different reports, it is becoming increasingly difficult to keep things straight.  My apologies if there are any errors.