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Japanese Top Tax Payers

posted on by Christopher Macdonald
Rumiko Takahashi Top Paying Manga-ka

Once again, the Japanese National Tax Agency has released a list of the individuals who pay the most income tax in the country. The list has been released every year since 1984.

Based on the Tax Agency's records, the Mainichi Shinbum created a list of actors, singers, politicians, authors, and athletes, which includes manga-ka (as authors).

As in previous years, Rumiko Takahashi is the highest taxed anime or manga creator in Japan. In fact she was the second highest taxed individual on Mainichi's list, paying 142.7 million yen (US$1.3 million) in taxes in 2004.

Gōshō Aoyama , who was also in the top 10 again this year, ranked the 5th highest taxed individual on the list, he paid 138.3 million yen in taxes in 2004.

Joining them in the top ten this year for the first time at 9th overall was Naruto creator Masashi Kishimoto, who paid 112.7 million yen in taxes.

The 10 Highest Taxed Manga-ka in 2004 were:
1. Rumiko Takahashi
2. Gōshō Aoyama
3. Masashi Kishimoto
4. Yuji Horii
5. Ritsuko Kawai
6. Naoki Urasawa
7. Takehiko Inoue
8. Fujio Akatsuka
9. Takashi Yanase
10. Masami Kurumada

As in most countries, due to various deductions, the highest earning individuals are not necessarily the highest taxed individuals.

The highest taxed individual in all of Japan was a 46-year-old worker at an investment company, who paid 3.7 billion yen in taxes in 2004. It was the first time that a "salaryman," not a CEO or company executive, topped the list. Tatsuro Kiyohara reportedly earned over 10 billion yen (US$93 million) in salary and commissions for the work he does as a fund manager.

Japanese income taxes range from 10 to 37%, depending on income.

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