Japan police to tighten screw on crime syndicates

January 5, 2012 11:55 pm 

TOKYO, Jan. 5 — Japan's police authority said Thursday it plans to crack down on underworld syndicates such as those involved in gang wars or harming ordinary citizens, as part of its efforts to tighten control over gangs.

The National Police Agency, which controls prefectural police forces across the country, unveiled an outline of a bill for revising the antigangster law for the first time since it took effect in 1992.

The agency hopes to gain Cabinet approval for the revision around February and seek enactment during the next 150-day ordinary session of the Diet that will start in late January, police officials said. (PNA/Kyodo)

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