HYOGO (TR) – “Never let anyone know what you are thinking” — Michael Corleone, “The Godfather.”
The Hyogo Prefectural Public Safety Commission invited Kunio Inoue, the boss of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, and fellow gang members to present commentary on its possible boryokudan, or “violent organization,” designation at a meeting held on March 22.
However, no members of the gang attended the session. Gangs are afforded the chance to offer commentary on the matter as a part of a procedure outlined in the Anti-Orgranized Crime Law of 1991.
In recent weeks, law enforcement has been carefully watching the activities of the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, which formed following the dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi in September. Its headquarters is located in Awaji City.
Since the middle of February, a turf war between the two gangs has escalated with an outbreak of multiple shootings, fire bombings and car-ramming incidents. Earlier this month, the National Police Agency officially acknowledged that the groups are in a “state of confrontation.”