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Japanese Executives To Repay Extortion

Wed., April 23, 1997

Executives of a leading Japanese department store chain have agreed to repay the company $1.36 million for money they gave to extortionists.

The agreement is part of an out-of-court settlement Monday of a shareholder lawsuit against Takashimaya Co. It marks the first time a Japanese company will be reimbursed by employees for such payoffs.

The case involved “sokaiya,” people who demand payment from corporations in exchange for not disrupting annual shareholders’ meetings by heckling or raising embarrassing issues.

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