A metropolitan ordinance enacted last October prohibits the payment of protection money to gangsters
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Both suspects deny the allegations, police said
Suspects allegedly received ‘protection money’
Suspects demanded payment of 'protection money,' police said
Suspect allegedly threatened, 'If you do business around here, you have to pay up'
Police said, 'We want to create a favorable atmosphere'
Yakuza boss denies the allegations, telling police, 'No threats were made to collect money'
Suspects allegedly attempted to extort a bar employee into paying 'protection money'
Police did not reveal whether the suspect admits to the allegations
Police suspect that the incident took place following a dispute over the collection of 'protection money' from persons working in the sex industry