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NPA: Number of yakuza members falls below 60,000 in 2013

NPA: Number of yakuza members falls below 60,000 in 2013

In 2013, Japan had 58,600 registered gangsters…

Osaka court denies appeal by Yamaguchi-gumi number-two boss

Osaka court denies appeal by Yamaguchi-gumi number-two boss

Kiyoshi Takayama was ruled to have been complicit in the extortion of a construction industry employee out of 40 million yen…

Yamaguchi-gumi launches Web site to eliminate drugs

Yamaguchi-gumi launches Web site to eliminate drugs

Japan's largest yakuza group is continuing to reshape its image…

Ibaraki cops arrest yakuza member in stabbing death at hostess club

Ibaraki cops arrest yakuza member in stabbing death at hostess club

Koji Ueno was stabbed 3 times with a 20-centimeter kitchen knife on January 18…

Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal

Huge haul of weapons seized by Kanagawa cops likely yakuza arsenal

Police seized pistols, a rifle and ammunition from inside a residence…

Ibaraki cops release photo of yakuza sought in stabbing death

Ibaraki cops release photo of yakuza sought in stabbing death

Koji Nagahama, a 41-year-old member of the Matsubai organized crime group, is wanted in the January 18 murder of shipping company employee Koji Ueno…

Ex-Yamaguchi-gumi boss Saizo Kishimoto dead at 85

Ex-Yamaguchi-gumi boss Saizo Kishimoto dead at 85

The Kobe native was once the Yamaguchi-gumis general affairs chief and number-two boss…

Rumors of Chinese mafia involvement in death of ‘Gyoza King’

Rumors of Chinese mafia involvement in death of ‘Gyoza King’

The president of the dumpling chain Gyoza no Ohsho was shot dead in front the company's headquarters in Kyoto in December…

Yakuza sought by Ibaraki cops after stabbing death at hostess club

Yakuza sought by Ibaraki cops after stabbing death at hostess club

The gang member is alleged to have stabbed Koji Ueno three times with a 20-centimeter kitchen knife inside Club Happiness…

Wakayama cop leaked information to Yamaguchi-gumi

Wakayama cop leaked information to Yamaguchi-gumi

The assistant inspector is alleged to have telephoned a Yamaguchi-gumi boss about investigations into junior members…