Kodo-kai chairman among 6 nabbed for extortion in Nagoya
tokyoreporter.com -- Sep 13
Aichi Prefectural Police on Monday arrested the chairman of the key affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi and five others in the extortion of a restaurant in Nagoya's Naka Ward, reports Jiji Press

Between December of last year and January, Teruaki Takeuchi, the chairman of the Kodo-kai, and five other persons allegedly received a total of 180,000 yen in mikajimeryo ("protection money") and yojimbo-dai ("bodyguard fees") from the manager of the restaurant.

The suspects have also been accused of extorting 400,000 yen from a commercial sex parlor in Nagoya in April.

Of the suspects, who have been accused of violating a prefectural anti-organized crime law, four are members of the Kodo-kai. Takeuchi denies the allegations. Four other suspects partially deny the accusations while the sixth suspect has declined to comment.

Co-founded by Shinobu Tsukasa

The Nagoya-based Kodo-kai was co-founded by Shinobu Tsukasa, the current head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, in 1984. According to police, the heart of Nagoya is key are for the gang's money-making operations. This arrest is part of an effort to sever funding for the gang, police said.

暴力団の資金源となる用心棒代を受け取ったとして、指定暴力団山口組の中核組織「弘道会」の会長ら6人が逮捕されました。 愛知県の暴力団排除条例違反の疑いで逮捕されたのは、名古屋市中村区に本部を置く弘道会の会長・竹内照明容疑者(57)ら6人です。
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