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Yamaken-gumi HQ raided over suspected fraud

Sep 9, 2015

Yamaken-gumi HQ raided over suspected fraud

Police on Wednesday searched the Kobe headquarters of the Yamaken-gumi over suspected fraud — the first police raid since the yakuza group was booted from the Yamaguchi-gumi in a rupture of the nation’s biggest crime syndicate. The Yamaken-gumi’s boss, Kunio Inoue, is believed to ...

Sep 8, 2015

Current, former Osaka police officers arrested over gang rape

A current and a former officer in the Osaka Prefectural Police have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping and confining a woman in her 20s. Arrested were Daisuke Umemoto, a 36-year-old sergeant in the criminal investigation division at Mino Police Station, and Yu Mizobata, ...

Sep 8, 2015

Yamaguchi-gumi splinter syndicate declares its launch

The Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a new group that split from Japan’s largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, has issued a document declaring its launch, investigative sources said The document criticizes Kenichi Shinoda, head of the Yamaguchi-gumi, saying his egoism is extreme, the sources said Monday. The ...

Sep 7, 2015

High court rejects request to open Isahaya dike gates

The Fukuoka High Court on Monday turned down an appeal against a lower court ruling ordering the government to keep dike floodgates closed in Isahaya Bay in Nagasaki Prefecture. This ruling by the Fukuoka High Court runs counter to the same court’s ruling in ...