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The U.S. Treasury Department slapped economic sanctions on a major yakuza underworld syndicate and its leaders Wednesday, the fourth such Japanese gang to be blacklisted.

The department said it has frozen any assets held by Kudo-kai, its president, Satoru Nomura, and its chief, Fumio Tanoue, within the jurisdiction of the United States. It has also placed a general prohibition on U.S. persons conducting any transactions with them.

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