Yakuza gang cancels children’s Halloween event for fear of violence

Japan’s biggest crime syndicate has cancelled its annual Halloween event for children, apparently out of concern that a recent high-profile split in the gang could trigger violence and put public safety at risk.

The Yamaguchi-gumi, which boasts a membership of 24,000 and revenue of an estimated $6bn (about £4bn), posted a notice announcing the cancellation of its trick-or-treat event this Saturday, along with an apology to disappointed parents and children.