A compound 4 kilometers away from the main venue of the Group of Seven summit to be held in central Japan in May is owned by a senior member of Japan’s largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, police have revealed.
The police have tightened security around the compound, which contains three buildings and a warehouse belonging to a local boss of the syndicate and has been visited by Yamaguchi-gumi leader Kenichi Shinoda, they said.
A construction company has been fined for contracting the construction of part of the compound without local authority approval.
The government has decided to hold the major economies’ summit in the Ise-Shima region of Mie Prefecture. The G-7 groups Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.
The Yamaguchi-gumi, founded in 1915 and headquartered in Kobe, western Japan, operates virtually throughout Japan. It had about 10,300 members as of the end of 2014, and about 23,400 when including “quasi” members, accounting for 43 percent of those affiliated with gangs in Japan, according to the National Police Agency.
The group split up last year, with a new group called the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi being formed in September.