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Not So "Protected" by Organized Crime

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An unnamed restaurateur from Nagoya, Japan, has filed a lawsuit against an affiliate of the country's largest organized crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, demanding a refund of "protection" money she'd been paying for more than 12 years (about $170,000 total). The affiliate, Kodo-kai, burned down a bar in 2010, killing people, in a similar protection arrangement gone bad, and the plaintiff said she, too, was threatened with arson when she decided to stop paying. According to an expert on Japanese "yakuza," a relative of one of the victims of the 2010 fire may also sue Kodo-kai.

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