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Toyama cops raid yakuza offices for 100-men marches

Toyama police searched the offices of the Haga-gumi and Hongo-gumi
Toyama police searched the offices of the Haga-gumi and Hongo-gumi

TOYAMA (TR) – Police on Tuesday raided the offices of two rival organized crime groups for allegedly conducting parades through Toyama City in violation of road traffic laws in September, reports Nikkan Sports (Oct. 6).

Police searched the offices of the Haga-gumi, a second-tier gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi, and the Hongo-gumi, which is under the recently formed Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, in search of evidence connected to two caravans of vehicles and people that paraded along roads without the required permission.

On the night of September 25, members of the Hongo-gumi area are alleged to have driven more than 10 black vehicles into the Sakuragicho business district as approximately 100 fellow gangsters followed on foot.

Three nights later, a similar number of gangsters from the Haga-gumi responded by driving vehicles and marching through the same area.

Following last month’s dissolution of the Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan’s largest organized crime group, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed as a rival gang. Police suspect that the gang members had committed the acts to intimidate one another.

The Sakuragicho area is known for its izakaya restaurants and “snack” hostess clubs. The Haga-gumi office is located near the district.