Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

May 29, 2017

Yakuza photo-bombs Kishiwada Danjiri Festival poster

The organizer of the famous Kishiwada Danjiri Festival in Osaka will remake its poster for this year's event because a yakuza appeared on it. The Kishiwada Police Department said Sunday that a member of Yamaguchi-gumi, the nation's biggest crime syndicate, is in the poster, which ...

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 a.m. ...

Sep 1, 2014

In exception, gangsters to be allowed to buy auto insurance

Property and casualty insurance companies plan to let crime syndicate members buy auto insurance so that victims can be compensated in the event a gangster causes an accident, industry sources said. The move comes as the financial sector is otherwise shunning dealings with organized crime ...

Mizuho to heed frontline troops

/ Jul 5, 2014

Mizuho to heed frontline troops

Mizuho Financial Group Inc.'s newly chairwoman says she wants to be receptive to the opinions of those running its frontline operations to boost the lender's oversight structure in the wake of last year's yakuza loan scandal. Hiroko Ota, who got the shareholders' nod to lead ...

Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Nov 1, 2013

Tougher law stifles mob but old cases nag

Since the revised law against organized crime took effect a year ago, mob-related offenses appear to be on the wane in Fukuoka Prefecture, which was targeted by the amendment for escalating violence waged by three underworld syndicates. Police, however, have not made substantial progress in ...