• Kyodo


The No. 2 man in the Yamaguchi-gumi, the top yakuza syndicate, will be released on ¥1.5 billion bail during his extortion trial, court officials said Tuesday.

The Kyoto District Court made the decision on Kiyoshi Takayama, 64, head of Nagoya-based Kodo-kai, a key component of the Kobe-based Yamaguchi-gumi, who has been in detention since he was arrested in November 2010 on suspicion of extorting some ¥40 million from a contractor.

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