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'Violent outbreaks' feared after 13 yakuza brass split

Sep 2, 2015

'Violent outbreaks' feared after 13 yakuza brass split

A century after its founding, the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest and most notorious crime syndicate, appears to have expelled 13 of its approximately 70 affiliated gang leaders Tuesday, creating local fears of related gang violence. The move, according to police and media reports, has ...