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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza in bank fraud

Shinichi Matsuyama
Shinichi Matsuyama

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday arrested an organized crime boss who provided fraudulent information in opening a bank account, reports the Asahi Shimbun (June 2).

In October of 2011, Shinichi Matsuyama, the 87-year-old head of the Kyokuto-kai, is alleged to have received a bank card and book from a branch in Adachi Ward after establishing the account in the name of another person. A total of 100 million yen was deposited into the account.

According to the Yomiuri Shimbun (June 2), an arrest warrant for the same case has been issued to Matsuyama’s daughter and one other person.

By law, when submitting an application for such an account to a financial institution, the applicant must pledge to not have ties to an organized crime group.

The Kyokuto-kai is based in Tokyo’s Toshima Ward. As of the end of last year, the gang had approximately 800 members and offices in 15 administrative districts nationwide. The gang is aligned with the Yamaguchi-gumi and Sumiyoshi-kai.