19 Nov '11, 9am

Temple in Japan bans visits by yakuza gangsters

Temple in Japan bans visits by yakuza gangsters

Prestigious Enryakuji temple in western Shiga prefecture, has informed Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, that it will no longer accept visits by its members, a temple official said on Saturday -- PHOTO: www.asiaexplores.com TOKYO (AFP) - A prestigious Buddhist temple has informed Japan's largest yakuza crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, that it will no longer accept visits by its members, a temple official said on Saturday. Enryakuji temple in western Shiga prefecture - a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a 1,200-year history - houses Buddhist tablets carrying names of the dead, including those of late yakuza bosses, the official said. 'The temple has accepted pilgrimages from direct family members as long as it is a small group,' said the unnamed official. 'But we have seen visits by people who are obviously not family members. We concluded that ...

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