Fears of yakuza attacks emptying Kita-Kyushu entertainment district
News On Japan via Asahi -- Oct 24
The number of violent incidents has indeed increased in Kita-Kyushu this year. A former police officer who once handled Kudo-kai matters was shot and seriously injured, and a rocket launcher was found in a warehouse in a residential district.
A former Kudo-kai member said police and the prefectural government are to blame for the recent violence in the city because they decided to take on the gang.
That message has not been lost on some business owners in the city who say they have been forced to pay set amounts to the Kudo-kai.
Construction companies that win large contracts pay 3 percent of the contract to the gang, while bars provide between 10,000 yen and 100,000 yen ($125 and $1,250) a month, according to sources.
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(Jiji Press )