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Tokyo cops arrest ex-yakuza in killing of company president

Tatsuya Kaneko
Tatsuya Kaneko

TOKYO (TR) – Tokyo Metropolitan Police have arrested a former member of an organized crime group in the killing of a company president three years ago, reports TV Asahi (Nov. 23).

Police have charged Keita Hirose, a former executive of an affiliate gang of the Sumiyoshi-kai, in the killing of Tatsuya Kaneko, the head of a nursing services company based in the Higashi-Ueno area of Taito Ward, after his abduction at around 8:30 p.m. on January 26, 2013.

On that evening, three men ambushed Kaneko, who was 48 at the time, as he walked outside his office. After immobilizing him with a stun gun, the men pushed Kaneko into a white van. He was later killed.

Kaneko is among 13 male and female suspects who have been charged in the abduction killing.

According to police, Hirose and Kaneko were acquaintances. The motive for the crime was likely a money problem that arose between the two.