Police raid gangster HQ in western Japan

Tokyo police have raided the headquarters of a yakuza crime syndicate in the western prefecture of Hyogo.

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About 30 investigators conducted a search of the headquarters of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on Friday.

The group, which was formed in 2015, is an offshoot of Japan’s largest crime syndicate, the Yamaguchi-gumi.

The investigators had arrested 3 members of a gang affiliated with the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi on suspicion of extorting about 44,000 dollars from a businessman.

The raid followed an announcement late last month by some gangsters that they had separated from the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi and launched a new organization.

Police are on the alert across the country, suspecting that the latest breakup could trigger more armed conflicts among rival gangsters.

Japan had seen a series of incidents between the 2 major yakuza groups, the Yamaguchi-gumi and the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

Source and image: NHK
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