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Police on alert after Yamaguchi-gumi meeting

Shinobu Tsukasa, the top boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi
Shinobu Tsukasa, the top boss of the Yamaguchi-gumi

TOKYO (TR) – As fears of an underworld conflict mount, investigative sources revealed on Tuesday that executives from the Yamaguchi-gumi had a clandestine meeting with an ally, reports the Sankei Shimbun (Sep. 15).

Japan’s largest gang summoned executives of the Tokyo-based Inagawa-kai to its Kobe headquarters. For two decades, the two gangs have maintained cordial relations.

The meeting comes after recent turmoil involving the Yamaguchi-gumi, which is Japan’s largest organized crime group.

On September 1, the Yamaguchi-gumi excommunicated 13 affiliate gangs, including the Yamaken-gumi and the Kyoyu-kai.

The renegade gangs have now formed the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a rival gang to the Yamaguchi-gumi that will be headed by Kunio Inoue, the 67-year-old boss of the Yamaken-gumi.

On September 5, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi met with executives from the Tokyo-based Sumiyoshi-kai.

Law enforcement is now concerned that the two meetings may be in preparation for a turf war in Tokyo, and preventative measures are being taken.

Since the dissolution, police have raided the headquarters of the Yamaken-gumi and Kyoyu-kai. On Thursday, Tokyo police searched the Nagoya headquarters of the Tsukasa Kogo, an organization that remained within the Yamaguchi-gumi.