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The revised Antigang Law goes into effect Sept. 30, enabling authorities to crack down on the extent to which offices belonging to or affiliated with crime syndicates can be used.

The law is expected to be put into use immediately as a power struggle within the underworld triggered by the killing of the Yamaguchi-gumi’s No. 2 man in August has set off a series of shootings across the country. The National Police Agency said it decided to introduce the revised law about one month earlier than scheduled because of the fatal shooting Aug. 28 of Masaru Takumi, the No. 2 man in the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest criminal organization, at a Kobe hotel.

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