Tax Dodging Fake Cult

10 06 2009


A religious corporation that operates “love hotels” concealed 1.4 billion yen in income over seven years through February 2008 as tax-exempt donations from amorous couples, sources said.

The Kanto-Shinetsu Regional Taxation Bureau has ordered Uchu Shinri Gakkai (Space truth academic society) to pay 300 million yen in back taxes and penalties.

No their name doesn’t sound suspicious at all! Are they waiting to go to the planet Blisstonia too?

Uchu Shinri Gakkai appears to be a religious organization in name only. The vegetable company apparently used the name of Uchu Shinri Gakkai to win tax breaks offered to religious groups, including tax exemptions on donations.

The full article is here.

There is a photo with the article of the entrance to one of the hotels but all you can see is the word Ox.  From what I saw on tv the full name is Hotel Ox, one of the many oddly amusing names for love hotels.

At the end of the article is this:

According to the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 182,868 religious corporations were registered in Japan as of the end of 2006.

Wow I had no idea there were so many!  The Catholic church would be registered as one and each Protestant denomination would have to register separately as well such as the Baptists, Anglicans, Methodists etc but I doubt they number in the hundreds let alone thousands and guess that the vast majority of those registered are Buddhist and Shinto groups.  I know there are several main branches of each but still that leaves a lot groups left over.  I wonder how many more shady tax evading companies are hidden in that total?!




3 responses

10 06 2009

Are you sure that each individual church wouldn’t be registered as a separate “religious corporation?” If it’s similar to the US, I imagine that a “religious corporation” is anything with a distinct name for tax-related purposes. Since, I assume that the Catholic Church in Japan isn’t collecting all the money from local donations into a single bank account and issuing tax receipts in the name of a single entity, it seems likely to me that each parish, diocese, monastery, and perhaps Catholic hospital would have its own tax registration and be counted separately.

I could be wrong, of course, but 180,000 is a pretty big number of oddball religions, even for Japan.

10 06 2009
Anthony OPL

What about all those loopy Shinto-Buddhist “protestant” sects that start up every week?

This entire country is beyond understanding, in a way totally separate to the Most Holy Trinity.

18 06 2009

DBP i asked around and it seems that church run bookshops, schools etc have to pay individual taxes but that doesnt mean they are each counted separately in the 180, 000. Im confused though and will try to get a better answer.

Anthony LOL dont forget the foot cult!

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