Quadruple amputee yakuza raises hell in 'Daruma'

Sep 30, 2015

Quadruple amputee yakuza raises hell in 'Daruma'

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Yakuza are not usually thought of as disabled, but more than a few have had their pinky fingers, or a section thereof, sliced off with a blade. Traditionally, this disabling is punishment for violating the gang code. In Hideo Sakaki’s yakuza shocker “Kiyamachi Daruma” ...

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 ...

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 ...

Aug 28, 2015

Crime syndicate Yamaguchi-gumi may be splitting up: sources

The country’s largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi, may be splitting up as more than a dozen affiliate groups are expected to leave and form a new organization in the near future, investigative sources said. The police are on higher alert as an inter-gang conflict ...

Jun 16, 2015

Leader of major yakuza group faces tax evasion charges

The leader of the Kudo-kai major crime syndicate was served a fresh arrest warrant Tuesday for allegedly hiding hundreds of millions of yen collected from members affiliated with the group and evading income tax, police said. It marks the first time the police have ...