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 ...

Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

Mar 17, 2016

Ex-baseball star Kiyohara freed on ¥5 million bail

Former pro baseball player Kazuhiro Kiyohara was released on ¥5 million bail on Thursday following his arrest last month and subsequent indictment for alleged drug possession and use. Media failed to capture the face of the 48-year-old celebrity as he left the Metropolitan Police ...

Mar 10, 2016

Police seized 63 guns from yakuza groups in 2015

The number of guns seized from yakuza organized crime groups in Japan in 2015 fell by 41 from the previous year to 63, the lowest since the seizure data was made available in 1967, it was learned Thursday. Police confiscated 16 guns from Yamaguchi-gumi, ...