A new law came into effect Tuesday aimed at further reducing the ability of organized crime gang members to target local businesses for extortion.
The revision to the 1991 Anti-Organized Crime Law was drawn up in response a series of attacks carried out on businesses by suspected gang members, particularly in the Kyushu region, say police.
The new laws will enable police to arrest on the spot anyone who is believed to be engaging in gang activities, such as extorting protection money from local business owners, Fuji TV reported.
Police say the new laws will be used to restrict the activities of the Kudokai, Dojinkai and Kyushu Seidokai crime gangs based in Fukuoka Prefecture. Kitakyushu has been a hotbed of criminal activity with several attacks on businesses in the last month.
NPA Commissioner General Yutaka Katagiri told a news conference that the success of the new law in Fukuoka will set an example for the rest of the country.© Japan Today