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Tokyo cops arrest bosozoku members for disrupting businesses

Suspects allegedly disrupted the operations of 3 businesses
Suspects allegedly disrupted the operations of 3 businesses

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Thursday announced the arrest of six suspects affiliated with the bosozoku motorcycle gang Dragon for the disruption of business operations in Minato Ward last year, reports TV Asahi (July 11).

Officers took De-min Sam, 31, who is also an active member of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group, and five other suspects into custody for hassling customers at three establishments, including a “snack” bar and izakaya restaurant, in the Shimbashi district owned by a 48-year-old Chinese woman.

At around 10:00 p.m. on November 16 last year, a group of approximately 10 people reportedly prevented customers from entering the premises, stared at diners, and randomly ate food off the tables. The group then demanded that the operations of one business be handed over, a demand that was granted by the woman.

In March, the National Police Agency began classifying bosozoku gangs as “pseudo-yakuza” groups to better reflect the true state of their activities.

Dragon is comprised of second- and third-generation returnees from China who came to Japan after the end of World War II.