Revised Antigang Law is Put into Effect in Japan

The revised Antigang Law took effect Tuesday, allowing authorities to label certain designated crime syndicates as repeat offenders against companies and shops, and immediately arrest members who make unlawful demands.

The success of the revision will depend on whether police can build and maintain the trust of local citizens. The efficacy of the revised law will be tested in terms of curbing gang activities such as illegal fund-raising–particularly in Fukuoka Prefecture, which has been hit by a series of brutal incidents involving gang members.

Recently, in Kokura-Kita Ward, Kitakyushu, police officers have regularly patrolled the streets in an entertainment district that is often visited by gang members.

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