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Yakuza who did ‘not recall’ extortion of massage parlor not prosecuted

TOKYO (TR) – Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of two persons, including a member of a criminal syndicate, over the alleged attempted extortion of a massage parlor in Katsushika Ward, reports TBS News (Jan. 15).

Last July, Kenichiro Haga, a 52-year-old member of the Matsuba-kai, and a 40-year-old male company employee allegedly worked together to demand payment of mikajimeryo — or “protection money” — from the 34-year-old manager of the parlor.

“This is mikajimeryo,” one of the suspects said. “If you don’t pay, I’m not sure what will happen.”

Kenichiro Haga (Twitter)

Upon his arrest in January, Haga denied the allegations. “I do not recall [the matter],” the suspect was quoted by police. Meanwhile, the company employee said that he did not make any threats.

On Tuesday, prosecutors with the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the non-prosecution of Haga and the second suspect. No reason for the non-prosecution was given.

The second suspect is not a member of a gang. However, he was believed to have been in charge of collecting mikajimeryo from establishments.