Three Mitsubishi group companies placed advertisements in a publication produced by a flight attendant school at the request of “sokaiya” extortionist Taichiro Otake, police sources said Friday.

Otake was arrested Wednesday, along with his wife, on charges of receiving payoffs from the firms in violation of the Commercial Code. About half of the ad fees paid by Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Mitsubishi Estate Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., which also went to an aircraft magazine, are believed to have been channeled to Otake as payoffs so he would refrain from disrupting shareholders’ meetings, the sources said.

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