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Court orders Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gang to pay 1 mil. yen a day for use of office

The headquarters of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate, which appears to have been closed down, is seen in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, on Sept. 20, 2017. (Mainichi, image partially modified)

KOBE -- The local district court here has ordered the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gang group to pay 1 million yen per day if its members use its headquarters in Awaji, Hyogo Prefecture, in western Japan, in violation of an earlier court injunction banning the facility's use, according to a public interest foundation that had been seeking the court action.

It is the first time that such a court order has been issued in connection with a case involving the suspension of the headquarters of designated organized crime syndicates such as the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi. Such indirect enforcement orders, based on the Civil Execution Act, are designed to pressure those not meeting their legal obligations to follow through by ordering them to make payments.

The headquarters in question is used by the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi gang after the group splintered off from the Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate in August 2015. The Hyogo Prefectural Center for Elimination of Boryokudan (organized gangs) was awarded a district court provisional injunction for the gang to stop the facility's use in October of last year. However, according to a lawyer representing the center, a total of three gang members are living in the facility, and one of them moved into the place after the court injunction was issued by officially registering himself as a resident. The center has argued that their living in the facility is against the court injunction and has sought the indirect enforcement decision.

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