TOKYO (TR) – A former gangster on death row has been prosecuted on charges of murder in the killing of a real estate executive who went missing two decades ago, reports TBS News (May 1).
On Monday, the Tokyo District Public Prosecutor’s Office prosecuted Osamu Yano, a 67-year-old former head of the Yano Mutsumi-kai, a one time affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai, on charges of murder in the death of Mamoru Saito, a 49-year-old real estate executive whose whereabouts became unknown in 1998.
The arrest follows a confession by Yano. Last year, he told investigators that the body of Saito had been dumped in Saitama Prefecture. In November, a search crew found human bones found in a mountainous area of the town of Tokigawa that were later confirmed to belong to Saito.
Saito went missing after a meeting in the Ikebukuro area of Tokyo’s Toshima Ward on April 5, 1998. According to information released in a court-related report in September of 2014, Yano said Saito was abducted and strangled to death over money problems that included a loan of 86 million yen.