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Ibaraki cops release photo of yakuza sought in stabbing death

Koji Nagahama
Koji Nagahama
TSUKUBA (TR) – Ibaraki Prefectural Police on Monday released a photo of an organized crime member sought in a stabbing death at a hostess club in Tsukuba City earlier this month, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Jan. 27).

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

At approximately 10:30 p.m., the gang member is alleged to have entered Club Happiness, located in the Amakubo area, and stabbed Ueno three times with a 20-centimeter kitchen knife. The victim, 42, who was seated in a lounge seat, suffered wounds to his chest. He was confirmed dead at a local hospital the following morning.

Ueno entered Club Happiness by himself at around 10:00 p.m. At the time, there were five or six groups of customers and several employees.

About 30 minutes before the incident, an eyewitness observed the victim arguing with the alleged attacker in front of another establishment.

According to police, Nagahama is approximately 167 centimeters tall and possesses a mole above his mouth. In addition, his rotund frame is covered in tattoos that depict dragons.