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Yakuza not prosecuted for allegedly concealing affiliation to collect welfare

Hideji Misawa
Hideji Misawa of the Sumiyoshi-kai (Twitter)

TOKYO (TR) – Prosecutors have announced the non-prosecution of an organized crime member for concealing his gang affiliation to collect welfare, reports Nippon News Network (Apr. 11).

Between October of 2016 and this past March, Hideji Misawa, 72, allegedly concealed that he is an upper-level member of the Sumiyoshi-kai in collecting 2.5 million yen in welfare payments from the Edogawa Ward office.

On Monday, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office announced the non-prosecution of Misawa after “consideration of various matters.”

“I have nothing to do with a criminal syndicate,” the suspect was quoted by police in denying the allegations upon his arrest. “As well, I didn’t receive welfare.”

After police arrested Misawa over a separate incident, it was learned that he is a gang member, serving as a special adviser. He is believed to have fraudulently started collecting welfare about 10 years ago.