Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

Jan 17, 2016

Kobe marks 21 years since deadly Hanshin earthquake

The city of Kobe and surrounding areas marked the 21st anniversary Sunday of the magnitude 7.3 earthquake that killed 6,434 people and demonstrated the horror that can result from an urban disaster. People who lost loved ones in the Great Hanshin Earthquake were among ...

Two men injured in explosion at Kobe pizza shop

Jan 14, 2016

Two men injured in explosion at Kobe pizza shop

Two men suffered burns to their faces and were rushed to hospital Thursday following an explosion at a pizza shop in Kobe, police said. The men, aged 24 and 36 and employees at the Chicago Pizza Co. outlet, were draining a gas cylinder when ...

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

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 ...