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Yakuza accused of attempting to extort bar in Shinjuku

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a member of a criminal syndicate over the alleged attempted extortion of a bar in Shinjuku Ward, reports Nippon News Network (Oct. 30).

At just past midnight on Tuesday, Hiroshi Negishi, a 51-year-old upper-level member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, is alleged to have attempted to demand payment of mikajimeryo — or “protection money” — from a street tout for the bar.

“This is my territory,” Negishi reportedly told the employee. “For starters, you are going to have to pay up.”

A gang member allegedly attempted to extort a street tout for a bar in Shinjuku Ward early Tuesday morning (Twitter)

After the employee alerted police, officers arriving at the scene arrested Negishi. “I didn’t say anything that could be construed as a threat,” Negishi was quoted by the Shinjuku Police Station in denying the allegations.

An ordinance that went into effect on October 1 makes bars, restaurants and other shops in the capital liable for penalties over payment of protection money to members of criminal syndicates.