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Right-wing leader busted in ¥5.5 million fraud

A Shokonjuku van
A Shokonjuku van
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police announced on Friday the arrest of the head of a right-wing group for the alleged fraud of a 44-year-old man, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 29).

Officers took Takashi Nao, the 55-year-old leader of the Shokonjuku group, for receiving 5.5 million yen between July and September of 2011 in return for the removal of a libelous article uploaded to the Internet.

When the article, which defamed the victim, was not removed, the 44-year-old filed a complaint with police.

The suspect has reportedly denied the allegations.

Earlier this month, Nao was arrested for extorting a total 22 million yen in cash payments from the 46-year-old majority owner of Crea Holdings, which is listed on the second section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.

On three occasions in February and March of 2011, Nao demanded the money from the victim at the Hotel New Otani and other locations. The suspect utilized the name of the top boss of the Sumiyoshi-kai organized crime group in threatening the employee.

Nao participated in the founding of Shokonjuku in 1978. The group, which uses Tokyo as a base of operations, has 1,500 members.