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Toyama cops: Shooting follows attempted arson at yakuza office

Outside the office of the Takada-gumi
Outside the office of the Takada-gumi

TOYAMA (TR) – Toyama Prefectural Police are investigating a shooting at an office of an affiliate gang of the Yamaguchi-gumi that was hit with an attempted arson attack last month, reports Nippon News Network (Mar. 14).

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Monday, police received a report about several shots fired at the office of the Takada-gumi, which is located in the Taya area.

Officers arriving at the scene found three bullet holes in a second-floor wall of the office.

The incident is the second to take place in less than a month. On February 29, Molotov cocktails were thrown at the office. There were no reports of damage resulting from the attack.

In September, the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi formed as a rival to the Yamaguchi-gumi. Two gangs affiliated with the Takada-gumi subsequently joined the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi. Police suspect that both incidents are connected to this move.

As of the end of last year, there were 10 organized crime groups with 310 member in Toyama Prefecture.