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The head of the Kudo-kai crime syndicate, described by public safety officials as the most violent in Japan, was sentenced to death Tuesday over four cases of attacks on civilians, including a deadly one.

The Fukuoka District Court gave the death penalty to Satoru Nomura, the 74-year-old boss of the gang based in Kitakyushu, as sought by prosecutors, for murder and violations of the organized crime punishment law.

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