Civically active yakuza discovered to be working for national census
It has been revealed that a member of the Kyushu-based Kudo-kai was appointed as a representative to help carry out the 2010 national census after being recommended by the city of Kita-Kyushu. Both the city and the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications reportedly had no idea the is affiliated with an organised crime group until notified by the Fukuoka police.
According to city officials, the gang member is in his 60s and serves as the president of his neighbourhood association while working as a boss within the Kudo-kai. When it came time to recruit census officials, the association recommended the man to the city, which in turn recommended him to the MIAC. The MAIC appointed him without question, and he was paid several tens of thousands of yen for work done between August and November.
Attempts to dismiss the representative were unsuccessful as there are no laws that prevent gang members from working on the census. The city asked the man to voluntarily step down but he refused. City management say they are looking at revising their anti-organised crime laws in order to handle the situation.
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