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Japan police arrest mobster in Fukushima clean-up

Published on Feb 1, 2013 4:11 PM

TOKYO (AFP) - Japanese police have arrested a high-ranking yakuza over claims he sent workers to Fukushima for the radiological clean-up without a licence, the first arrest of a mobster in connection with the nuclear plant.

Officers in northern Yamagata prefecture were quizzing Yoshinori Arai, a 40-year-old senior member of a local yakuza group affiliated to the Sumiyoshi-kai crime syndicate, a police spokesman said on Thursday.

Arai allegedly dispatched three men to Fukushima to work on clean-up crews in November last year, he said.

Under Japanese law, a government licence is required by anyone who acts as an employment agent.

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