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Ex-yakuza arrested in January stabbing in Kameido

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former organized crime member on charges of attempted murder over a stabbing incident in Kameido, Koto Ward earlier this year, reports TBS News (Sept. 22).

On January 15 at around 2 a.m., Kogen Kuwahara, 45, an ex-member of the Sumiyoshi-kai, is alleged to have come up from behind a male (35 years old at the time) walking home on a road near JR Kameido Station and stabbed him in his right side with a kitchen knife.

The victim was transported to a nearby hospital. His injuries were not life threatening.

Kuwahara, who is already being prosecuted on charges of violating stimulants control laws, has reportedly to admitted to the allegations. “There’s no question that I stabbed him with a kitchen knife,” the suspect is quoted by police.

According to police, the motive for the stabbing was a dispute involving gang members that took place in Sumida Ward last November.