Hiroshima councilman arrested for using yakuza as threat

One member of a city council in Hiroshima prefecture was arrested with three others September 21 for threatening a local man over troubles involving a woman back in May. The 67-year-old Etajima city council member reportedly conspired with a local Kyosei-kai yakuza and the president and an employee of a local automotive parts manufacturer to threaten the acquaintance in an Etajima restaurant on May 18. The council member approached the man and told him the yakuza were on his side, and that the company president wanted the man dead at any cost. All four deny the charges, and the councilman testified that he spoke to the man, but did not threaten him.

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