The Metropolitan Police Department raided the head offices of Mitsubishi Estate Co. and Hitachi Ltd. on Wednesday over alleged illegal payoffs to a “sokaiya” corporate extortionist.

Nineteen investigators arrived at Hitachi’s head office in Tokyo’s Chiyoda Ward shortly after 10 a.m. Wednesday, a day after two Mitsubishi Estate officials and one Hitachi official were arrested for allegedly paying beach house fees to corporate extortionist Terubo Tei, 53.

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