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Yakuza found collapsed outside Osaka restaurant later dies

A gang member found beaten near a parking lot in Iida City on Monday later died
A gang member found beaten in a parking lot in Iida City on Monday later died (TV Asahi)

OSAKA (TR) – Osaka Prefectural Police have launched an investigation following the death of an organized crime member whose collapsed body was found near a parking lot in Iida City on Monday, reports the Shimano Mainichi Shimbun (Aug. 1).

At around 10:00 p.m., the body of Takashi Naruse, 37, was found collapsed near a parking lot of a restaurant. Naruse, whose body had scratches and showed signs of having been beaten, was transported to a nearby hospital where he was confirmed dead, the Iida Police Station said.

About 30 minutes before the discovery, Naruse and a number of fellow gang members exited the restaurant after a dispute developed.

An autopsy was scheduled to be conducted on Naruse’s body on Tuesday. Police are now questioning other members of the gang on suspicion of manslaughter.