Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on August 3, 1975 · Page 166
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Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia · Page 166

Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, August 3, 1975
Page 166
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UBWK Tokyo police have arrested three well-known Japanese characters on charges of extorting millions of yen from Japanese members of Las Vegas gambling tours they had organized. One of those arrested is Kikumaru Okuda, 46, a popular film director. Okuda admitted he had organized gambling tours to Las Vegas where his patrons gambled at Caesars Palace. He said he had been introduced to the president of the hotel "through introduction to actor-singer Frank Sinatra," according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Allegedly Okuda shepherded approximately 30 owners of small Japanese "businesses to Las Yegas from Jan. 1 to Jan. 7 last year. There they gambled for high stakes. He led two more groups to Las Yegas in March and April _ of JL974. One dry-goods dealer from Yokohama, 32, lost 1 million yen on the second trip and 27 million yen on the third, much of it on credit. Okuda demanded that the dry-goods dealer pay up. He stalled, whereupon two other Japanese men extorted 5,300,000 yen from the dry-goods dealer, threatening him with liquidation "by the Mafia. Tokyo police say that a young Tokyo·j eweler who lost 15 million yen on the Yegas trip, was .also extorted to the tune of 3 million yen and that a golf-course owner was forced to pay 200 million yen after he returned to Japan. The police say that Okuda and his associates put together their "Vegas package deals" by promising to pay the transportation and hotel bills from Tokyo to Las Yegas and back providing the participants gambled heavily. The winners would "be paid in dollars, and the losers could pay off in Japanese yen upon their return to Tokyo and other Japanese cities. The foreign arrangements -made to lure "high rollers" to Las Yegas from all over the world are numerous and varied. TOE WOMEN fiUAMS AT THE ROYAL PALACE W COPWHA6EH Tourists visiting Copenhagen . . . . . . . . this fall can"Took forward to a new attraction. The Royal Danish Guard now "boasts four attractive female recruits. Queen Margrethe has approved the girls^ parading through the city streets and standing guard in front of Amalienborg Palace. In addition to wearing berets, the four recruits will doa a uniform which includes a skirt worn six inches above the knees. Two of Italy's top fe- stars, Claudia Cardinale and Monica Yitti, have turned down 40 scripts in the past few months. "Most of the roles written' .for women," explains Claudia, "portray them as stupid sex objects, noth- ing more. It's painful for Monica and me to play these dummies all the time. Every script we get has us making love, cooking in the kitchen, or having babies. If -scriptwriters don't come up with anything else, something with dimension and depth, we are going to write our own screenplays." iSRUUfil Great Britain's Labor Govern-- ment"lplans to nationalize that country's aircraft and shipbuilding industries. Prospective legislation · calls'for the creation of two public corporations: British'Shipbuilders and British Aerospace. Shipbuilders would consist of 40 shipbuilding and repair companies. 'Aerospace would consist of British Aircraft Corp., Hawker Siddeley Aviation, Hawker ' Siddeley Dynamics, and Scottish Aviation. The present share-owners would be compensated for their stock on the basis of 1973 prices. The legislation, despite strong support from the workers in both industries, will probably meet with heavy opposition in Parliament. The British have already nationalized coal, electricity, gas, steel, railways, telephone, television, and most recently, British Leyland, the country's largest automobile manufacturers, in addition to North Sea oil development. ' Ho- matter what they'do, however, the British seem unable to stem their inflationary rate which is now up to 27% per year.. The principal ingredient in the inflation rate is sharply increased salaries. According to the . Government Price Commission's recent report, "Taking industry as a whole, the primary factor causing price rises is -and can only be -- rising labor costs." These are up about

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