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Chiba cops: Decomposed body likely of yakuza found in home

Outside the residence in Midori Ward
Outside the residence in Midori Ward

CHIBA (TR) – Chiba Prefectural Police suspect that the decomposed body found in a residence in Chiba City belongs to a male member of an organized crime group, reports Mainchi Shimbun (July 8).

At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, a woman tipped off police after finding “a male acquaintance dead” inside the residence, located in the Hondacho area of Midori Ward. Police arriving at the scene found the man, believed to be a 59-year-old upper-level member of the Yamaguchi-gumi, lying face-up in a second-floor bedroom.

The body, which had partially decomposed, did not exhibit any external injuries. Police suspect he died a few days before the discovery. Scattered about the room was a firefighting agent from an extinguisher.

The woman who made the discovery, a resident of Tokyo, regularly visited the gang member. Since police have been unable to contact another person living at the residence, it is believed that foul play of some kind led to the gang member’s death, according to Nippon News Network (July 8).