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Yakuza member arrested in Ehime for taking bets on World Cup

Police in Ehime Prefecture
Police in Ehime Prefecture
EHIME (TR) – Ehime Prefectural Police on Monday arrested an organized crime member for participating in a gambling ring that allegedly took bets on the World Cup, reports Yomiuri Shimbun (July 15).

Officers arrested Shinji Tahara, a 38-year-old member of an affiliate group of the Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group, and three other suspects on charges of gaining profit by operating a gambling establishment in Minamiuwa.

Over a 10-day period between May and June, the suspects allegedly took 1,000-yen bets on the winner and runner-up of the month-long soccer tournament held in Brazil.

Tahara has reportedly refused to comment on the allegations.

On Monday, officers searched a gang’s headquarters and a number of other locations and seized betting forms.