Sunday, February 26, 2012

Obama Aims Yakuza Boss

TOKYO - Japan's organized crime groups, the Yakuza, now threatened by an opponent from outside of Japan is the President of the United States Government (U.S.), Barack Obama. Obama even want to freeze the assets of the Yakuza.

Assets of the Yamaguchi-gumi and the two leaders in the U.S. will be frozen by the Government of President Obama. Freezing of assets and the transaction is issued after the U.S. Treasury announced it.

"The group is generating billions of dollars each year from crime in Japan and abroad. They are involved in drug trafficking, human smuggling, prostitution, money laundering and fraud," U.S. Treasury statement, as quoted by Bloomberg, Friday (02/24/2012).

Steps taken by Uncle Sam are like a blow to the Japanese government to have been considered too tolerant of the yakuza.

"The U.S. government felt the Japanese government was too tolerant of crime. They like asking Japan to do something about their own problems," says a writer Jake Adelstein on the Yakuza.

While the main target of these sanctions is the leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi Klan itself is Kenichi Shinoda, Kiyoshi Takayama and his deputy. The U.S. government also imposed sanctions on seven key members and associates syndicate called Brothers's Circle based in Central Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

"Klan Yamaguchi-gumi is the first organized crime groups targeted by President Obama, since he approved legislation to target groups that they isolated from the international financial system," said Deputy U.S. Treasury Secretary David S. Cohen.

Yamaguchi-gumi yakuza membership is estimated to represent 44 percent of reaches. They have 34.900 members, as of last December 2010 and operate on a two-story building in Tokyo.

According to Jake Adelstein, the group has assets outside of Japan. In 2005, the U.S. Customs seized nearly $ 600 thousand from the bank accounts have Susumu Kajiyama.

Kajiyama is a Yakuza member who was arrested for the practice of leech blood. At 2003 earlier, the Swiss managed to confiscate USD68 million from the account on behalf of himself.

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