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Yamaguchi-gumi gangster arrested for scalping Hello Kitty fun park tickets

Sanrio Puroland features Hello Kitty
Sanrio Puroland features Hello Kitty
TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police arrested Kao Iwata, a member of the Yamaguchi-gumi criminal organization, for attempting to resell complimentary tickets to the Sanrio Puroland theme park in Tokyo’s Tama City, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Dec. 6).

At approximately 11:10 a.m. on Sunday, an plainclothes officer from the metropolitan police heard the 46-year-old suspect soliciting customers for tickets to enter the park, which offers attractions and rides featuring popular characters from the Sanrio brand, such as Hello Kitty.

Iwata was attempting to sell individual tickets for 2,500 yen each. Tickets to the park cost 4,500 yen. He was arrested for violating anti-nuisance ordinances.

According to the Community Safety Department of the metropolitan police, Iwata had 12 complimentary tickets intended for Sanrio shareholders in his possession. “I received the tickets from an acquaintance,” the suspect is quoted by police. “I have no income, and I thought this would be a way to support myself.”