Tokyo cops arrest gangsters in Kabukicho fight

Police arrested 4 members of a gang affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi on charges of assault
Police arrested 4 members of a gang affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi on charges of assault

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested four organized crime members for participation in a fight that broke out last month in Shinjuku Ward, reports the Mainichi Shimbun (Mar. 14).

On February 15, Shinichi Kane, a 55-year-old upper-level member of a gang affiliated with the Yamaguchi-gumi, and three other gangsters repeatedly kicked and struck a man, 35, on a street in the Kabukicho red-light district.

All four suspects, who have been charged with assault, have refused to comment on the charges.

The victim is not a gang member.

According to Fuji News Network (Mar. 14), police used security camera footage to identify the suspects.

On Saturday, police raided an office of the Yamaguchi-gumi and seized evidence related to the incident, which is believed to be connected to an ongoing feud with the gang’s newly formed rival, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

On the same day as the fight, members of the Yamaguchi-gumi clashed with gangsters from Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi. It was previously reported that the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi had held a meeting at a coffee shop in the area prior to the fracas.

Since the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed following the dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi in September, law enforcement has been taking measures to alleviate violence between the two gangs. Last week, the National Police Agency officially acknowledged that the groups are in a “state of confrontation.”

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