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Kyushu yakuza groups to have ‘combative’ designation extended

The dojin-kai headquarters after a grenade attack

TOKYO (TR) – The public safety commissions in four prefectures in Kyushu announced on Friday that two organized crime groups would have a designation that facilitates arrests extended by three months, reports the Nishi Nippon Shimbun (Mar. 15).

On December 27, the Dojin-kai and Kyushu Seido-kai groups were marked as “combative” in Kumamoto, Nagasaki, Saga, and Fukuoka prefectures in what was a nationwide first. The label was a part of a revision to the Anti-Organized Crime Law initiated in October.

The “combative” designation, which will now extend until June 26, is in force to control yakuza groups as such a label allows law enforcement to arrest gang members without the issuing of a cease and desist order if illegal demands are made towards ordinary citizens.

Under the measure, gangsters are prohibited from gathering in public in groups that exceed five members. They are also banned from entering offices.