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Tokyo: Yakuza office too close to school

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a member of a yakuza criminal syndicate for allegedly using an office in Taito Ward that is too close to a school than what is allowed by law, Fuji News Network (June 12).

Between February and May of last year, Masaki Fukuda, a 55-year-old executive in the Kanto Sekine-gumi, and acquaintance Mitsuhiro Mitoma, 57, allegedly used a residence, located about 120 meters from a vocational school and nursery school in Arakawa Ward, as an office for the gang.

As mandated by a Tokyo Metropolitan Government ordinance, it is prohibited for a boryokudan (criminal syndicate) to have an office within 200 meters of a nursery or elementary school.

Masaki Fukuda
Masaki Fukuda of the Kanto Sekine-gumi and Mitsuhiro Mitoma (Twitter)

Both suspects deny the allegations, police said.

The matter emerged after police first arrested Fukuda over a matter related to the collection of mikajimeryo, or “protection money.” During that investigation, police realized that the suspect was running the operation from the residence.