Japan's newest anti-yakuza laws allow instant arrests
News On Japan via theatlanticwire.com -- Jul 31
Japan's national Diet approved the revisions of the Organized Crime Group Countermeasures Law last Thursday which allows police to designate organized crime groups as "extremely dangerous" and then arrest any member of that group, without issuing a cease and desist order, if he (or she), makes unreasonable or illegal demands towards ordinary citizens.
The new law also allows the Prefectural Centers for The Elimination of Organized Crime to initiate legal procedures to forbid the use of organized crime offices, in lieu of the local citizens. The new follows public relations campaigns to crackdown on yakuza. The poster above, made by the National Police Agency and the Centers for the Elimination of Organized Crime, reads, "United in a Circle We Can Move Forward the Elimination of the Yakuza!" and was part of the 2011 effort dubbed the National Campaign to Banish Organized Crime.
The Centers will be able to launch legal proceedings to shut down yakuza offices under the new laws, if the group is designated "extremely dangerous."
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