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Yakuza on Death Row: Playing tricks until time’s up

By David Amoruso

Two different cases. Both, violent killings committed by members of the Yakuza, Japan’s Mafia, and both resulted in its murderers being on death row. One gangster was executed on Thursday. The other, a former Yakuza boss, is playing games with the justice system to evade a similar fate.

Keizo Kawamura (right, who…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 29, 2018 at 7:30am — No Comments

Learning from mistakes, murdering one’s rival and retiring to Thailand - Profile of Yakuza boss Shigeharu Shirai

By David Amoruso

Sure. Shigeharu Shirai has made mistakes. Who hasn’t? But he’s learned from them. He’s paid for them. In his line of business mistakes cost. Sometimes even a life. To keep that in mind, he’s had to cut off his little finger. Just so he remembers that mistakes cost dearly and have no place among the…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on January 12, 2018 at 8:55am — No Comments

U.S. Treasury sanctions Yakuza groups and its bosses

By Gangsters Inc. Editors

The United States continues its fight against organized crime abroad. Yesterday, the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control sanctioned the Kobe Yamaguchi-gumi, a powerful group within the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia, and…


Added by Gangsters Inc. on December 31, 2016 at 9:42am — No Comments

Yakuza Boss Retires

By Hollander (regular poster at the Mobbed Up Forum)

Posted in 2005

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Sources: The Japan times, Kyodo News, Mainichi Daily News and webpage THE MOST DANGEROUS MAN IN JAPAN.

The Yamaguchi-gumi, Japan's largest underworld gang has been thrown into chaos and uncertainty following leader Yoshinori Watanabe's announcement late 2004 that he would "take a… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 4, 2010 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Yakuza Boss: Yoshinori Watanabe

By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

Updated in 2005

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Yoshinori Watanabe was born in 1941 in the Tochigi prefecture north of Tokyo. Watanabe was born into a big farming family and had a pretty good life. After finishing middle school he moved to Tokyo and worked in restaurants making noodles. After a couple of years he had had enough and moved to Kobe where… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Yakuza Boss: Kazuo Taoka

By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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Kazuo Taoka was boss of the most powerful Yakuza Family in Japan: The Yamaguchi Gumi. He was the toughest and most feared Yakuza boss Japan ever had and under his reign the Yamaguchi Gumi grew more powerful than ever before. Kazuo is considered the most succesful Yakuza boss ever. But like most crime bosses Kazuo Taoka also… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 4:26pm — No Comments

Yakuza Boss: Yoshio Kodama

By David Amoruso

Posted in 2001

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Yoshio Kodama was born in 1911 and grew up in a poor family and spent most of his childhood living with relatives in Korea. At an early age Kodama showed much interest in politics and at age 21 started his own right wing ultra nationalist political group, the main objective of this group was to assassinate the prime minister… Continue

Added by Gangsters Inc. on November 3, 2010 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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