First Arrest Made Linking Yakuza with Fukushima Nuclear Clean-Up Crews
The Atlantic Wire
May 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM ET
In the first arrest in relation to the yakuza’s role in Japan’s nuclear industry since last March’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, police in Fukushima charged a senior yakuza leader for illegally dispatching workers to the reconstruction at the TEPCO-run Fukushima Daichi Nuclear Power Plant. According to reports by Sankei Shinbun and other sources, the Organized Crime Control Division has arrested a senior boss of the Sumiyoshi-kai (住吉会) who dispatched men, including yakuza members to a construction subcontractor in Tochigi Prefecture, and these men were sent into the nuclear plant area where they allegedly participated in containment work for the damaged facilities.
Published: May 22nd, 2012 at 12:26 pm ET