The Tokyo Regional Taxation Bureau has found that Hitachi Ltd. <6501> failed to declare some 10.1 billion yen in taxable income on a consolidated basis for the three years to March 2012, it was learned Thursday.
The major electronics company and the tax authorities had differences of opinion about materials bought for the restoration of plants damaged by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northeastern Japan, sources said.
A Hitachi official said the company has received a notice of correction from the taxation bureau and understood what was pointed out. Since the company, which incurred a group net loss of 787.3 billion yen in the year to March 2009, has cumulative losses, it was not ordered to pay neither back taxes or penalties, the official said.
A researcher embroiled in a fabrication scandal that has rocked Japan's scientific establishment said Friday she would resign after failing to reproduce results of what was once billed as a ground-breaking study on stem cells. (Japan Today)
The Japanese Bankers Association said Thursday the banking industry will launch a settlement system to allow instant fund transfers between banks 24 hours a day all year round in Japan from 2018. (Jiji Press)
The Chiba Public Safety Commission has banned a 29-year-old man from Matsudo, Chiba Prefecture, from riding a bicycle for 90 days, after he was found guilty of cycling under the influence of "kiken" quasi-legal drugs. (Japan Times)
Heavy snow caused a power outage along parts of the Joetsu Shinkansen Line for about six hours on Sunday morning, leaving some 300 passengers trapped in a bullet train for 2½ hours near the mountainous southern border of Niigata Prefecture. (Japan Times)