In the midst of recent mafia scandals such as of former talento Shimada Shinsuke (55), another mafia tied scandal has arisen. This time it was unveiled that former Morning Musume member Kago Ai (23)’s boyfriend was arrested on September 6th.
The suspected man who is said to be Kago’s boyfriend, was arrested by the Tokyo Metropolitan Police with a suspected case of attempted extortion to bilk a portion of his own debt by saying that he has close affiliations with the yakuza Yamaguchi Clan. The suspected man in question was named Ando Haruhiko (44), a manager at a restaurant in Roppongi.
The incident that triggered the arrest was said to happen in June when Ando was demanded for a repayment of 20,000,000 yen (around $260,000 USD) from a 30-year old company employee in Toyama Prefecture. Ando then told the victim that he was ,“in friendly affiliation with the mafia boss of Yamaguchi Clan”, and tried to refuse the repayment for his debt.
According to the Metropolitan Police Department, Ando claimed that he did not, “borrow money or utter the name of the mafia group to threaten [him].” Reportedly, Ando borrowed the 20,000,000 yen in August of last year and it is said that his deadline to pay back was back in the middle of September of last year as well.
According to the officials, Ando began his relationship with the former Hello! Project member in August of last year and later, moved in together. At that time, Kago has numerous troubles with her work by cancelling her events in last-minute and left her agency as well. Also, in one report, it was said that the suspect was in a relationship with singer Kahara Tomomi (37) until January of last year.
It was also revealed that Kago has been taken in for questioning as well.