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Tokyo cops raid Kodo-kai headquarters over extortion

Investigators entered the Kodo-kai headquarters on Tuesday
Investigators entered the Kodo-kai headquarters on Tuesday

NAGOYA (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Tuesday raided the headquarters of an affiliate gang of the recently troubled Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of extortion, reports TBS News (Nov. 3).

At approximately 11:00 a.m., investigators entered the office of the Kodo-kai, located in Nakamura Ward, in search of evidence connected to the extortion of 500,000 yen from a 28-year-old man inside a bar in Tokyo’s Minato Ward in August.

In connection with the case, police had already arrested Hajime Kamiya, a 37-year-old Kodo-kai member, and two other suspects.

Kamiya and the other suspects also allegedly slashed the victim’s right hand several times with a knife. His injuries required two weeks to heal.

Since the split of the Yamaguchi-gumi in September, law enforcement has been searching offices affiliated with the gang and its newly formed rival, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

The raid on Tuesday is the first search of the Kodo-kai headquarters since the dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi.