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 ...