Japanese temple said ‘NO’ to yakuza visits

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Members of the notorious Japanese yakuza have been refused a visit in the well-known Enryakuji Temple located near Kyoto.

Yamaguchi-gumi group, the biggest organized crime syndicate in the country, which has been paying an annual visit to the temple was told by temple officials that it would not welcome a visit from members of the group this time. The temple has kept spiritual tablets of Yamaguchi-gumi’s late leaders.

The temple’s move was in cooperation with Japan’s police efforts to crack down organized crime syndicates which have long been linked to businesses and politicians.

The refusal of Enryakuji Temple is said to have been widely reported in media and has even more fired up speculations that yakuzas were possibly engaged in the present scandal embattling the Japanese camera maker, Olympus.

Japan’s authorities have investigated Olympus after the camera maker company confessed it hid losses incurred for 20 years starting in the 1990s.

The Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s organized crime division has recently joined in the investigation, Reuters reported. The news agency also said there are 22 designated crime syndicates listed in the 2010 report by the National Police Agency with full and "associate" members numbering to 80,900 of which about half are members of the Yamaguchi-gumi group.