Yamaguchi-gumi boss found bludgeoned to death in Mie

Tatsuyuki Hishida
Tatsuyuki Hishida

MIE (TR) – Mie Prefectural Police have launched a murder investigation following the discovery of the body of an upper member of the recently troubled Yamaguchi-gumi organized crime group in Yokkaichi City, reports NHK (Nov. 16).

At approximately 5:40 p.m. on Sunday, the wife of Tatsuyuki Hishida, the 59-year-old boss of the Aio-kai, and a fellow gang member found him collapsed and bleeding from his head in the entrance of a residence located in the Hamadacho area.

According to police, Hishida’s hands and feet had been tied. His head showed marks of being hit with a blunt object several times.

Hishida was then rushed to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead.

The Yamaguchi-gumi, which is Japan’s largest organized crime group, broke up in September. Law enforcement has since raided the headquarters of a number of its affiliate gangs and those of its newly formed rival gang, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi.

Police suspect that the murder of Hishida was the result of the gang’s split.

The Aio-kai is a second-tier organization of the Yamaguchi-gumi. Its base of operations is Yokkaichi.

Earlier in the day, the fellow gang member was unable to contact Hishida after arriving by car outside the residence, which is a secondary accommodation of the boss. Both he and Hisida’s wife then entered the premises together and made the grisly discovery.

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  1. Just out of interest – when and article such as this speaks of a “raid” does it refer to an unannounced raid proper or is it a Japanese-style raid which involves the police giving one or two days’ notice before calmly entering the building to check for any documents that haven’t been moved or shredded in that two-day window?

    • The raids are mostly a show for the media on the part of the police to make it look like they are doing something when in fact they are probably achieving very little.

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