Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

Jun 1, 2016

Senior yakuza gunned down in Okayama parking lot

Police in the city of Okayama were on alert Wednesday after the deadly shooting of a senior member of a branch of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi crime syndicate. Okayama Prefectural Police said Tadashi Takagi, 55, of the gang’s Ikeda-gumi faction, was found dead at 9:50 ...

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 ...

Top police officials gather to head off explosive yakuza war

Mar 7, 2016

Top police officials gather to head off explosive yakuza war

Top officials from the National Police Agency’s organized crime divisions nationwide gathered Tuesday for an emergency meeting in Tokyo in a bid to head off a potentially explosive conflict between the country’s biggest crime syndicate and a splinter group. The meeting came a day ...