Fukuoka cops to re-arrest Kudo-kai boss for arson

Keigo Kikuchi
Keigo Kikuchi

FUKUOKA (TR) – Fukuoka Prefectural Police on Wednesday will re-arrest an upper-ranking member of the Kudo-kai organized crime group for participation in two arson attacks, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Nov. 25).

On August 14 of 2012, Keigo Kikuchi, the number-three boss of the gang, is believed to have given the order for the lighting of fires inside two buildings containing shops and restaurants in Kitakyushu City’s Kokurakita Ward.

The fires, which were started inside elevators, took place approximately two weeks before the businesses had posted anti-gang stickers outside their properties. Four men and women were taken to nearby hospitals due to smoke inhalation.

Kikuchi already faces charges of attempted murder for the stabbing of a nurse in 2013.

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  1. So, the Japanese police knows well all the top members and the hierarchy in Kudo-kai (and other yakuza groups), and only intervenes if those do something extraordinary? The non-extraordinary and apparently totally accepted and allowed activities of yakuza are illegal drugs, prostitution, extortion, pachinko and, of course – real estate and construction related crimes. Japanese police simply monitoring yakuza groups and almost never intervening is such a shame. I wonder what’s the official explanation of not doing anything against organized crime?!

    I don’t believe this to be a part of Japanese Constitution that organized crime groups can do ANYTHING unless they directly, physically hurt people and kill someone? How about all the above listed crimes – aren’t they CRIMES?!

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