• Kyodo


The leader of a major crime syndicate is under arrest on suspicion of entertaining voters in connection with the Chiba Prefectural Assembly election, police said.

Isao Seki, the 69-year-old chairman of the Sumiyoshi-kai and a resident of Kashiwa, Chiba Prefecture, and two others allegedly hosted voters at a restaurant in the city of Isumi in early March to reward them for gathering votes for a candidate the gang intended to back in the election the following month.

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