By PNA / Xinhua and U.S. News Agency / Asian
A police agency in Osaka Prefecture in western Japan Friday directed local organized crime syndicates, collectively called the yakuza, that they must not order to sew yakuza coat of arms on their “combat uniform,” local press reported.
The instruction to target the yakuza groups affiliated with Yamaguchi-gumi, the largest crime organization in Japan, was issued by the Osaka Prefectural Safety Commission in accordance with the prefecture’s ordinance for eliminating the organized crime groups according to the daily Mainichi Shimbun.
The report cited local police officials as saying that such types of clothing, which some traditional patterns of the crime syndicates, are sewn into are often worn by the group members when working inside their office rooms.
At the same time, the safety commission instructed local manufacturers or tailors not to accept such orders that deal with the syndicates’ patterns on the wear.
Last year, Osaka Prefectural Police ordered suspension of sales transaction for a company which had delivered more than 10 sets of embroidered combat uniform to an organized crime group based in the prefecture, the report added.