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Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

Apr 15, 2016

Yakuza offshoot quickly earns formal gang designation

The Hyogo Safety Commission said Friday it has designated Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a splinter group of Japan’s biggest crime syndicate, Yamaguchi-gumi, as an organized crime group under the anti-gang law. By the designation, valid for three years, authorities will be allowed to order the splinter ...

Apr 14, 2016

Minors lured into SNS-assisted crimes set record in 2015

Japan saw a record number of minors fall prey to molestation, prostitution and other crimes via social networking services or online community spaces last year, and nearly all of the victims were female, police said Thursday. The number of victims under 18 rose to ...