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Yakuza, ex-girlfriend suspected of extorting ‘snack’ hostess club for 14 years

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a member of a criminal syndicate and his former girlfriend for allegedly extorting two businesses in Shinjuku Ward, reports Fuji News Network.

In October of last year, Hiroshi Negishi, a 52-year-old upper-level member of the Kogomutsumi-kai, and Maki Kawasaki, 41, allegedly received 40,000 yen in payments known as mikajimeryo — or “protection money.”

Negishi admits to the allegations. However, Kawasaki denies the charges, police said.

The establishments, a “snack” hostess club and a fuzoku (commercial sex) parlor, are located in the Hyakunincho area of the ward.

Hiroshi Negishi of the Sumiyoshi-kai (Twitter)

According to police, the snack club is believed to have started paying the protection money 14 years ago. The suspects likely received around 5 million yen in total from both businesses.

Police have also sent the managers of both businesses to prosecutors for paying the protection money.

The Kogomutsumi-kai is an affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai, which is Japan’s second-largest gang.