Japan’s Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission has reported that anime studio DLE listed in the First Section (top tier of exchange for large companies) of the Tokyo Stock Exchange after reporting inflated sales from falsified transactions. The Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission recommended that Japan’s Financial Services Agency fine DLE 135.4 million yen (about US$1.22 million) for violating Japan’s Financial Instruments and Exchange Law.
According to the Securities and Exchange Surveillance Commission, DLE and production committee investors for its anime films used falsified transactions related to video production. They reportedly submitted marketable securities reports from around 2014 to 2018 that showed excess sales of about 2.3 billion yen (about US$20.80 million) and an inflated income of about 600 million yen (about US$5.43 million).
DLE’s anime include Eagle Talon, Sword Gai: The Animation, Ore-tacha Yōkai Ningen, Thermae Romae, Haiyoru! Nyaru-Ani, Glass no Kamen Desu ga, Hakuōki: Otogisōshi, and Insufficient Direction.