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Switzerland Ready to Talk About Yakuza†Funds

Saturday, September 18, 2004 Posted: 09:18 AM JST

A Swiss law enforcement official said Thursday he is hoping for an early start for talks with Japan over the handling of 61 million Swiss francs (around 5.3 billion yen) seized in money-laundering investigations from a Swiss bank account of a Japanese crime syndicate leader, Kyodo reports today.

Ivo Hoppler, who leads economic crime investigations at the Zurich cantonal prosecutors office, said there is no formal request from Japan for repatriation of the money from the frozen account under the name of Susumu Kajiyama, a leader of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest crime syndicate.

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