Police in Tokyo have started patrolling Ueno, Shinjuku, Roppongi and other red light districts to warn businesses, such as restaurants, bars and clubs, not to respond to gangs' demands for money. The "bonenkai" (year-end party) season often draws gangs to the areas, seeking extortion money from small business owners, Fuji TV reported.
Around 60 police officers are making the rounds, warning owners of bars and clubs to ignore gangsters' request to pay “rent” to operate in their district. Police are also questioning touts on the street.
According to the police, the number of reported cases of attempted extortion has declined in recent years due to tighter laws against what police call "anti-social forces."© Japan Today