Police seized 63 guns from yakuza groups in 2015


The number of guns seized from yakuza organized crime groups in Japan in 2015 fell by 41 from the previous year to 63, the lowest since the seizure data was made available in 1967, it was learned Thursday.

Police confiscated 16 guns from Yamaguchi-gumi, the biggest yakuza crime syndicate in the country, and four from Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a splinter group, according to National Police Agency sources.

The NPA confirmed on Monday a state of full-fledged war between the two groups and decided to strengthen clampdowns on them and enhance security, following several shooting incidents.

At an emergency meeting Tuesday, NPA Commissioner-General Masahito Kanetaka instructed police across the country to “seize guns thoroughly on this occasion.”