The Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office questioned Tadashi Okuda, former chairman of Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank, and former consultant Kuniji Miyazaki on June 27 over the bank’s alleged loans to a “sokaiya” corporate racketeer.

Special investigators suspect that both Okuda and Miyazaki received information about loans to sokaiya Ryuichi Koike, sources close to the investigation said June 27. Okuda, 65, and Miyazaki, 67, resigned from their DKB posts June 13 after admitting that they had mingled with the late Rikiya Kojima, president of publishing house Gendai Hyoronsha and a known corporate racketeer thought to be Koike’s mentor.

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