Yamaken-gumi boss to lead new gang after Yamaguchi-gumi split

Sep 6, 2015

Yamaken-gumi boss to lead new gang after Yamaguchi-gumi split

Thousands of yakuza have officially formed a new underworld group after splitting off from the nation’s largest organized crime syndicate, raising fears of a potential gang war, reports said Sunday. Leaders of 13 factions kicked out of the Yamaguchi-gumi — whose 23,000 members and ...

Jul 9, 2015

€1.6 billion in assets seized from Mafia family in Sicily

Italian authorities said Wednesday they had seized assets worth more than €1.6 billion ($1.75 billion) from a family of five Sicilian pensioners believed to have links to a prominent Mafia clan. The huge sweep of businesses, property and bank accounts “represents, in total value, ...

Jul 4, 2015

Beltran Leyva cartel boss is arrested in Mexico City

One of the leaders of the once-powerful Beltran Leyva drug cartel was arrested Friday in a trendy neighborhood in Mexico City, authorities said. Martin Villegas Navarrete, 38, was captured without a shot being fired while celebrating his birthday in the Roma Norte district of ...

Apr 21, 2013

Organized crime in East Asia

Working together with East Asian countries to battle organized crime is a better use of Japanese political efforts than trying to revise the Constitution.

Apr 17, 2013

Organized crime worth $90 billion in East Asia

Organized crime groups dealing in fake goods, drugs, human trafficking and illicit wildlife trade earn nearly $90 billion annually in East Asia and the Pacific, a U.N. report showed Tuesday. “Transnational Organized Crime in East Asia and the Pacific: A Threat Assessment” is the ...

Dec 1, 2012

Mobsters held in Osaka for playing golf after hiding yakuza status

Osaka police arrested a senior member of the major underworld syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi as well as a mob-connected former world champion boxer on suspicion of fraud for allegedly playing golf by concealing their gangland status in violation of ordinances. Arrested were Hirofumi Kyo, 65, a ...