Yakuza infighting puts nation on edge

| Sep 19, 2015

Yakuza infighting puts nation on edge

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Around the start of this year, the weekly magazines — Shukan Taishu, Asahi Geino and Shukan Jitsuwa in particular — were brimming with articles feting the centennial anniversary of the Yamaguchi-gumi, which had gone from being a small group of tough guys on the ...

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 ...

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 ...