Woman takes on Yakuza godfather over protection racket

This is another article about the woman who is sueing the head of the Yamaguchi-gumi

Engineering Evil

Restaurant owner in Nagoya is seeking £120,000 from crime boss in landmark case


Kenichi Shinoda
Kenichi Shinoda, the boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi, photographed as he left jail in 2011.  Photograph: Getty Images



The Yamaguchi-gumi has spent almost a century building itself up into arguably the most powerful and largest organised criminal gang in the world.

Its membership of nearly 30,000 comprises almost half of the yakuza crime syndicate in the Japanese underworld, earning billions of yen through drug trafficking, money laundering, fraud and extortion. But they may have met their match in the shape of a female restaurateur who has launched a lawsuit against the gang in what lawyers are calling a landmark case.

The woman, from Nagoya, reportedly under 24-hour police guard, is suing Kenichi Shinoda, the sixth Yamaguchi-gumi kumicho, or godfather, who she says…

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