Two yakuza members have been arrested after they obstructed the Sanja Festival in Tokyo's Asakusa district in May.
The suspects were identified as Shuichi Obitsu, a 46–year-old executive member of organized crime group Sumiyoshi-kai, and Masahiro Kondo, a 30-year-old member of the group, Fuji TV reported Saturday.
According to police, the two men unlawfully maneuvered a large mikoshi (portable shrine) during the festival near their office. Police said they showed off their tattoos and yelled at spectators to intimidate them, all of which disrupted the flow of the festival.
Police said the pair have been charged with creating a public nuisance.
There have been many similar cases caused by yakuza members at the Sanja Festival in the past.© Japan Today