Two men were arrested for impersonating yakuza and threatening staff at the grand sumo tournament held in May at Kokugikan in Ryogoku. The two men, ages 39 and 45 and both from Tochigi prefecture, reportedly threatened a vendor who was attending nearby customers during a match on May 14. The two men demanded souvenir booklets, usually distributed after the match is finished, and got angry when the vendor refused, telling him they’d call some young thugs and start a fight. Both men admit to the charges.
The information came to light in August when the Japan Sumo Association began sharing information with police due to the decision to prohibit organised crime members from entering the facilities.
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