The Hyogo Prefecture in western Japan has announced an ordinance to stop the Yamaguchi-gumi from handing out treats to kids under 18 at its headquarters on Halloween.
Halloween festival has been growing in popularity in Japan over the past few years, with the people adopting various customs for the celebration.
Yamaguchi-gumi is Japan’s largest yakuza organization. The Yamaguchi-gumi has been treating children at its headquarters in Kobe City on October 31 for many years, with yakuzas in Halloween costumes handing out sweets to young visitors.
The revision will come into effect on October 26 comes in time for Halloween. Hyogo is the first in Japan to spell out specific punishments, with repeat offenders facing up to six months in jail or a fine of up to 500,000 yen.
Syndicates are also banned from giving cash and goods to children, making phone calls or sending emails to them with the aim of putting youngsters under their control.