Corruption has reared its ugly head within Bandai, as police arrested two of the company’s former employees. The Tokyo police arrested Takashi Udatsu (44) and Takao Kurokawa (66) for fraud regarding the life-size RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba.
According to reports, the two men supposedly asked a contractor to charge Bandai 10 million yen more than they should have when they constructed the life-size Gundam back in 2013. The two men also told the contractor to overcharge the company for service an event regarding the life-size Gundam as well. They then pocketed the extra money for themselves. However, the police also suspect that they used similar methods to obtain around 200 million yen from the company. They did this between the period of between July 2013 and November 2016.
Udatsu has admitted to the fraud allegations, while Kurokawa is denying that he took part in the crime. They currently await judgement.
Bandai debuted the life-size RX-78-2 Gundam in Odaiba back in 2009. It then relocated in Shizuoka before moving to its final home in Odaiba back in 2012. The Life-size Unicorn Gundam then replaced it in 2017.
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Source: The Asahi Shimbun