BBC- The Nagoya woman, who has not been identified, is suing Kenichi Shinoda, chief of the Yamaguchi-gumi gang, for 17.35m yen ($174,200; £115,000). The restaurateur is demanding a refund of the protection money she paid gangsters affiliated to his group. Her lawyers argue Shinoda has “employer liability” for the mobsters’ actions, as head of the umbrella gang. The lawsuit makes use of an anti-organised crime law revised in 2008, which says heads of organisations can be held liable for damage done by its members and affiliate groups. Kyodo news agency reported. The former restaurant owner is reported to have paid a total of 10.85m yen ($109,000; £72,000) in protection money over 12 years. Her lawyers said that when she tried to withhold payments in 2008, a gang member threatened to torch her restaurant. The lawsuit is believed to be the first of its kind in Japan, and given that Shinoda has served jail time for killing a rival gang member with a samurai sword, it may also be the last of its kind
Hey toots, I hate to break it to you but that’s kind of how protection money works. You give them a trillion yen a week ($2) and if anything actually goes wrong they’ll throw you a bone to make you think they actually care. But when you agree to this little arrangement you do so knowing that when you decide to stop paying there’s going to be an “accident” and your shop is going to explode. That’s what happens when you decide to deal with a a group whose leader is in prison for murdering someone with a samurai sword. That isn’t some super advanced mob technique, that’s Yakuzaing 101. When two dudes with braided ponytails pull up in front of your hibachi one their Yamahas and offer you a weekly under the table insurance policy they aren’t doing it out of the good of their own heart.
PS- I don’t care if “Yamaguchi-gumi” means “Blood Thirsty Rape Dragons” in Japanese because it’s still the worst gang name ever