• Kyodo


Six men including a member of a major yakuza syndicate were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of smuggling around 110 kg of gold worth ¥480 million ($4.46 million) into Japan last December aboard a private jet that landed at Naha airport in Okinawa, police said.

Toshiyuki Matsuda, a 44-year-old member of an affiliate group of the Inagawa-kai crime syndicate, and five other men allegedly tried to smuggle the gold into the country on Dec. 14 to avoid paying the 8-percent consumption tax, thereby increasing their profit through its resale within Japan.

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