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Gangster leaders banned from having homes in residential areas

world Updated: Oct 06, 2010 16:16 IST

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A Japanese prefectural assembly on october 6 approved an ordinance to ban gangster leaders from setting up not only their offices but also their homes in residential areas and near educational facilities.

The move came as many gang leaders under the umbrella of the major crime syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi, based in Kobe, have set up in the city as they are ordered to pay daily visits to its headquarters.

There are now around 30 second houses of gangster leaders in Kobe, according to police.

Under the ordinance to be enacted April 1, establishment of offices or homes in residential areas or within 200 meters of educational facilities such as schools is prohibited, with violators to face imprisonment of up to one year or a fine of up to 500,000 yen (USD 601.4) .

It also prohibits real estate and construction agents from signing contracts with gangsters for their homes.

Similar ordinances have already been introduced in Ehime, Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki and Kagoshima prefectures, while Kyoto Prefecture will enact one next April.

The police are now strengthening security as the leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi is due to get out of jail next spring.