Tag - organized-crime



Takeshi Ebisawa poses with a rocket launcher during a meeting with an informant and two undercover Danish police officers at a warehouse in Copenhagen, Denmark on Feb. 3, 2021.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 22, 2024
U.S. charges criminal group leader over conspiring to sell nuclear material
Prosecutors allege that Takeshi Ebisawa "brazenly" moved material containing uranium and weapons-grade plutonium from Myanmar.
Shigeyuki Kin
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 1, 2024
Wanted gang member Shigeyuki Kin held by Nagano police
The suspect in a 2020 attempted murder was alone at the time of the arrest and did not resist, admitting to the police that he was indeed the fugitive.
Police officers examine the area around a Starbucks outlet at the Aeon Town Kawanoe shopping facility in the city of Shikokuchuo, in Ehime Prefecture, on Sunday night after a shooting incident at the store.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jan 16, 2024
Yakuza man wanted for fatal shooting at Starbucks in western Japan
Yuichiro Maetani, a 62-year-old member of the Ikeda-gumi syndicate based in Okayama, is still at large after fleeing the scene in the city of Shikokuchuo, Ehime Prefecture.
Interior and security ministers from the Group of Seven major countries meet in the city of Mito, in Ibaraki Prefecture, on Sunday to step up cooperation in the fight against cross-border organized fraud.
JAPAN / Politics
Dec 11, 2023
G7 agrees in Japan to enhance cooperation against organized fraud
Ministers from the bloc agreed that their countries should strengthen support for developing countries from which fraudulent phone calls are made.
A resort hotel in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, where 19 Japanese people believed to be members of a fraud group were staying and later deported in April
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 13, 2023
More than 20 Japanese detained in Cambodia over fraud allegations
The move came after the Japanese Embassy in Cambodia passed on information to local authorities about the existence of Japanese involved in online fraud.
Police officers investigate the scene of a suspected robbery-murder in the suburban Tokyo city of Komae in January.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Sep 12, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring members charged again for robbery and murder
Police believe the four men remotely coordinated the robbery while being held at an immigration detention facility in Manila.
The number of crimes recorded in Japan rose more than 20% in the first half of 2023 compared to the same period the previous year, police data has shown.
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jul 20, 2023
Crime in Japan rises in first half of 2023 as COVID-19 restrictions ease
A total of 333,003 cases were reported in the first half of the year, up by 21.1% from the previous year, rising for the first time in 21 years on a January-June basis.
Japan Times
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Jul 9, 2023
Thieves stole $20 Million via Revolut U.S. payment flaw, FT says
Organized criminals exploited a flaw in Revolut’s payment systems to steal more than $20 million of the fintech’s money, the Financial Times reported.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 29, 2023
'Luffy' crime ring suspect indicted over Kyoto jewelry shop robbery
Police suspect that Kiyoto Imamura orchestrated the robbery of a jewelry shop in Kyoto on May 2 last year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Jun 7, 2023
Four Chinese arrested in Japan for smuggling 700 kilograms of stimulants
The amount of stimulants, with an estimated street value of ¥43.4 billion ($311 million), was the second largest ever confiscated at one time in Japan.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 27, 2023
Man arrested over fatal shooting in western Tokyo
The victim, who may have been connected to a gang, was apparently shot at least three times and died after escaping from a restaurant where he was initially shot.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 22, 2023
Ramen shop owner shot dead in Kobe
Investigative sources said the man could be linked with a yakuza crime syndicate.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Apr 11, 2023
Cambodia deports 19 suspects to Japan over alleged involvement in phone scams
The men, in their 20s to 50s, are suspected of defrauding a woman in her 60s living in Tokyo of ¥250,000 worth of BitCash electronic money in January, investigative sources said.
Japan Times
Mar 25, 2023
‘Baby Assassins 2 Babies’: Flying fists with a side of social commentary
Yugo Sakamoto channels Quentin Tarantino in comedy style and verbosity in his action film about a pair of bickering hitwomen who find themselves on the outs with their assassins guild.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 23, 2023
Yakuza-related police investigations hit three-decade low
Japanese police investigated 9,903 members and associate members of yakuza crime syndicates in 2022, down 1,832 from the previous year.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2023
Japan to crack down on crime rings that recruit via social media
Kishida has called for stronger measures against online posts offering "dark part-time jobs," while stressing the need to conduct "cyberpatrols" to end recruiting for crimes.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 17, 2023
Two indicted over killing of Tokyo woman believed to part of a spate of robberies
The two men were arrested on suspicion of robbery-murder after Kinuyo Oshio, 90, was found dead at her home in Komae with her hands tied and head bleeding.
Japan Times
Mar 8, 2023
Two U.S. citizens kidnapped in Mexico found dead, two others alive
Washington vowed to do everything in its power to ensure justice for the victims, who crossed the border into the crime-plagued city of Matamoros in Tamaulipas state.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Mar 1, 2023
Two high-profile Japan robbery suspects given fresh charges over theft
The arrests of Yuki Watanabe, 38, and Tomonobu Kojima, 45, come a day after two other men deported from the Philippines were also served new arrest warrants for related allegations.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
Feb 28, 2023
Japan trying to root out shady job posts
Many perpetrators of recent robberies seem to have been recruited through social media posts offering high rewards for shady jobs.


At the Akan International Crane Center, just north of the city of Kushiro proper, visitors can see the majestic red-crowned crane — a symbol of Hokkaido.
Faces of the north: A Hokkaido town grapples with depopulation