Feb 17 2014

The Yakuza Olympics

Category: Tokyo OlympicsIchiban @ 8:31 am

As originally reported by Jake Adelstein on The Beast

SOCHI OLYMPICS 02.07.14
The Yakuza Olympics
All eyes are on Russian corruption and incompetence at Sochi, but new reports have emerged about a likely link between Japanese Olympic officials and Japan’s infamous yakuza. Jake Adelstein reports on possible troubles for 2020.
In September of 2012, the U.S. Department of Treasury imposed sanctions on Japan’s second largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Sumiyoshi-kai and its leaders including Chairman Hareaki Fukuda. The sanctions make it possible to freeze their U.S. assets and block their transactions with American entities. They also forbid any US citizen to fraternize or associate with the group.

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Hidetoshi Tanaka, Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman (far left) and Hareaki Fukuda, Sumiyoshi-kai Chairman (far right) taken at the New Otani Hotel in September of 1998 at a celebration of Fukuda’s ascendancy to the Sumiyoshi-kai chairman position

Hidetoshi Tanaka, Japan Olympic Committee Vice Chairman (far left) and Hareaki Fukuda, Sumiyoshi-kai Chairman (far right) taken at the New Otani Hotel in September of 1998 at a celebration of Fukuda’s ascendancy to the Sumiyoshi-kai chairman position

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