US Slaps Sanctions On 4 Japanese Mob Chiefs

US Slaps Sanctions On 4 Japanese Mob Chiefs

Via AFP:

The United States on Thursday slapped sanctions on four senior members of Japan's largest mob syndicate to protect the US financial system from organized crime, the Treasury Department said.

Hit with sanctions were Tadashi Irie, Hirofumi Hashimoto, Toshio Masaki, and Shoroku Ishida of the Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest and most prominent Japanese yakuza syndicate, the Treasury said.

The US already had imposed sanctions on the Yamaguchi-gumi in 2011.

To date, 10 members of the Yamaguchi-gumi mob have been targeted with sanctions, the Treasury said, noting the mob was engaged in drug-traf...

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