On November 29, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutors Office arrested Hidetoshi Tanaka, 74, the chancellor of Nihon University, on suspicion of violating the Income Tax Act. He allegedly failed to declare money he received from a business partner of Nihon University and evaded taxes of about 53 million yen. This is the first time I’ve ever seen such a thing. A reporter from a national newspaper said.
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It has been more than half a century since Tanaka stepped foot into Nihon University. How did he become a “don” and how did he fall?
Mr. Tanaka was born in 1946 in Goshogawara City, Aomori Prefecture. He was the third son of a farming family, and after attending a local public high school, he entered Nihon University in 1965. He became a member of the university’s sumo team and quickly rose to prominence. After graduation, he won 34 titles, including three All Japan Championships. He was known as the “Taiho of the amateur sumo world.
The third photo was taken at a training camp in Aomori Prefecture in 1995. The third photo was taken in 1995 at a training camp in Aomori Prefecture, where Tanaka, who was the coach at the time, was working up a sweat in a large bath with other members of the sumo team.
Many people involved in the case described Tanaka as “a people person” and “a friendly person when you talk to him. It is believed that it was when he was the coach of the sumo team that he became paralyzed by money and power. An official of the Nihon University witnessed Tanaka talking about the situation at the time.
I was also involved with politicians. I have a close relationship with politicians, so I get information about what (stocks) are going up. I use the money to feed the club members.
Although the truth of the matter is not clear, he had leaked the fact that he was engaged in “insider trading. Tanaka was elected as a member of the board of trustees of Nihon University in 1999, and as chancellor in 2008, steadily climbing the ladder of power.
It was in 2005 that Tanaka’s power base became decisive. That year, he became the president of the Alumni Association of Nihon University. The Alumni Association is a mutual aid organization of alumni and others, and it charges an annual fee of 10,000 yen. With over 1.2 million graduates alone, the Alumni Association has a very high level of funding. This money became a source of power for him,” said a Nihon University alumnus.
He had a wide network of contacts and formed friendships with a variety of people. He was reported to have been involved with Xu Yongzhong, who was called the greatest fixer of the postwar era, and his photo with Tsukasa Shinobu, the leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi VI, was spread by several media outlets.
His power is not diminished by a little upheaval. Many of you may remember the “murderous tackle incident” that occurred at the Nihon University football team in 2006. In this case, the defendant Inokuchi, who was arrested earlier, was trying to keep his mouth shut. In fact, there is more to this case.
The person who actually gave instructions to the players was the football coach, Tsutomu Inoue. Mr. Inoue was dismissed on disciplinary grounds, but after some mediation, he has now been reinstated at Nihon University. Masato Uchida, who was the coach of the football team at the time, and Mr. Inoue, who worked closely with him, were members of the Tanaka faction, so it is thought that Mr. Inoue’s reinstatement was due to the wishes of Mr. Tanaka and the discernment of those around him.
In early November, this magazine learned of Inoue’s reinstatement and asked for an interview with the Nihon University side. In early November, we found out that Inoue had been reinstated, and asked the university for an interview. At that time, the university admitted that Inoue had been reinstated, and replied as follows
The University dismissed Mr. Inoue on disciplinary grounds based on the findings of the third-party committee, but we believe that his reinstatement is an appropriate response based on the results of the investigation by the investigative body and the strong recommendation of the court.
It is true that the suspect Tanaka fell into the hands of the magistrate. It is true that Tanaka has fallen into the hands of the judge, but this “fall” does not mean that everything is over.
Mr. Tanaka’s connections extended widely into the political world. There were reports that Tanaka said, ‘If I am arrested, I will tell everything about the slush fund. There is a good chance that the arrest of Mr. Tanaka will spark a fire in Nagata-cho.
The Nichidai incident may have just begun.
From the December 17, 2021 issue of FRIDAY
PHOTO： Shinji Hasuo (1st photo)