Kobe Airport Adopts Resolution to "Drive Out Organized Crime," Help from Business Partners to Keep Airport Safe

Kobe Airport Adopts Resolution to

Kobe Airport Island off the city of Kobe.

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This summer, Kobe Airport in Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture adopted a resolution to "drive out organized crime groups." Companies involved with the airport's operations have also confirmed their commitment to help keep it safe.

The resolution was finalized at a general meeting of the Kobe Airport Anti-Organized Crime Group Liaison Council held at the terminal on August 30. Twenty-two agencies, organizations and companies who are members of the council -- including the Kobe Airport Administration Office , the Kobe Airport Branch of the Osaka Regional Aviation Bureau, the Kobe Airport Branch of the Kansai Aviation Weather Service Center, Kobe Airport Terminal, various airlines and tenants -- are putting up a united front to drive out "anti-social elements" (a Japanese euphemism for criminal syndicates) and their influence from the manmade island where the airport sits.

According to a City of Kobe official involved in the airport's administration, "The council was established in 2006, when the airport, administered by the local government (the City of Kobe) opened. Since then we have advanced measures to run the airport more independently. We are not publicizing the resolution because the council is treating it as a confidential document, but it does contain language to get rid of inappropriate demands from organized crime and to ensure the safety of Kobe's aviation gateway by cooperating with the police and other agencies." The official added, "There have been no confirmed cases of trouble (with organized crime) since the airport opened."

While the national and local governments are working to drive out "anti-social elements," Kobe Airport's action is unprecedented, as it is the first regional airport to independently adopt such a resolution and promote measures in response to activity by criminal syndicates.