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Tokyo cops arrest yakuza for scalping McCartney tix

Hideo Matsumoto
Hideo Matsumoto
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police on Monday announced the arrest of an organized crime boss for scalping tickets for a concert by Paul McMartney last week, reports TBS News (April 27).

Officers took Hideo Matsumoto, a 67-year-old boss in the Anegasaki-kai, into custody for selling a ticket with a face value of 18,000 yen for a concert at Tokyo Dome by the ex-Beatle to a male company employee for 80,000 yen.

Matsumoto, who has been charged with violating a public nuisance ordinance, has denied the allegations, according to public broadcaster NHK (April 27).

The gang member had been asked by 46-year-old dentist Tatsuya Kotani to assist in the resale of two of the five tickets for the show that he had purchased. Kotani was also arrested on the same charge.

According to police, the suspects sought customers in an area around a bathroom near JR Suidobashi Station.