[QODLink]
Asia-Pacific
Japan's police crack down on organised crime
Syndicates such as the Yakuza targeted by officers in Tokyo in country's biggest ever effort to tackle gangs.
Last Modified: 04 Dec 2011 04:54

Police in Japan have launched their biggest ever campaign to try to put an end to organised crime.

The investigation includes trying to find out if the Yakuza gang, Japan's most notorious crime syndicate, played a part in a recent massive accounting scandal at camera giant, Olympus.

If so, the 92-year-old maker of photographic and medical equipment could be de-listed from the Tokyo Stock Exchange in the coming weeks.

In Tokyo's red-light district, where the Yakuza have long held sway, police now patrol the area, ready to shut down businesses run by what Japanese call "anti-social forces".

Police have arresting several alleged crime bosses and exposed the role of the gangs in businesses such as construction and baseball.

Al Jazeera's Steve Chao reports from Tokyo.

Source:
Al Jazeera
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Organisation
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
People are starving in southern Somalia while relief efforts are blocked by government and rebel fighting.
Some scientists say authorities in favour of nuclear energy tend to deny the negative results of researchers.
Report on child sex abuse in British Asian community highlights issues that may affect the entire nation.
Taliban makes quick gains in Afghanistan with little opposition from Afghan army as US withdrawal begins.
Experts from Minamata, Japan check for signs of mercury illnesses in Ontario, Canada.
join our mailing list