A former “sokaiya” corporate racketeer was arrested June 24 in Tokyo over an alleged extortion attempt that involved an insurance company and magazine subscriptions.

According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Noboru Aoki, 47, attempted to extort cash on several occasions last May from the major nonlife insurance firm because it stopped its subscription to a magazine published by Aoki’s political group at the end of March. Aoki’s political group publishes Kokusei Shimpo (National Politics News Gazette), a small circulation monthly. The insurance company, based in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, had been a subscriber since 1976.

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